How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pages; $27. Random House; £12.99. Buy from...
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by: Faiz Saulat
The standardization of education is stifling creativity and innovation in students.
Enjoy learning and want to go to a “good” school?
This reminds me to the statement many of my college friends would say - way back when I was an undergrad: "I've finished my studies, so now I can work on my education." -Lon
I was doing an event in Chicago a few days after Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola — after returning from his work for Doctors Without Borders — and all of New York was going crazy and the Internet was publishing maps of where he’d gone bowling in Williamsburg and where he’d eaten a snack and which subway lines he’d ridden.
Somebody asked me whether I felt like Americans were showing enough empathy about Ebola. It was something I’d already thought about in relation to the uproar over Spencer — how sometimes fear can be the enemy of empathy.
Interesting insight. This country seems saturated in fear. Not only in this example of ebola, but how about keeping children indoors for fear of predators, or redesigning playgrounds for fear of falling, etc. etc. -Lon
Research shows that children come into the world with a positive bias—they are prepared to be empathic and show kind behaviors toward others as soon as they are able to—but we are squandering that potential. UNICEF ranks American children 26th out of 29 rich countries on overall measures of well-being, and American kids rate themselves in the bottom quartile on measures of happiness.
Good question. But is this advice appropriate? Or a little too partisan? -Lon
In a day public school its difficult, and my experience is mostly with therapeutic boarding schools, created specifically for character education, emotional growth and therapy along with academics. The following links to a discussion with a head of school, Maryann Campbell of Glenholm School in Connecticut, who described several things they do that could be applied even in a public school. http://ow.ly/Gk6qJ
So I was speaking with a young, prospective teacher the other day about his future in education, and at the end of our conversation he asked me a really good question…a question that I had to stop ...
A good view on children. I'm thinking of a few teens I'm doing a little work with currently, and have been amazed at how much all those points have been shut down, at least in their relations with me in this specific situation. -Lon
It took an eating disorder to finally teach me how to get angry.
Many people with eating disorders are like me in that they feel reluctant — even downright refuse — to express anger. This is by and large a learned behavior.
I grew up in a...
Good insight as to when angry might be a positive emotion. -Lon
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
When a child drives you crazy with "Why?", I guess that is a good thing. :) -Lon
When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months of radiation. We ate very well. Friends drove Mary Beth...
The contrast between friends reacting to physical and then mental health emergencies is very well done. -Lon
"Smartphones, iPads, TVs, computers, videogames. Technology is omnipresent, especially for young students. They just can’t get enough; one 2013 study found that college students check their digital devices for non-class purposes 11 times per day on average, and 80 percent of them admitted that the technology was distracting them from class. This has some educators and scientists concerned: Are students distracted because their brains are hard-wired for it after a lifetime of screens? Is there a cultural or behavioral element to the fixation that has infiltrated the classroom?"
Dr. Flores reports that the human need for social interaction is a physiological one, linked to the well-being of the nervous system, as we’ve already seen. When someone becomes addicted, he says, mechanisms for healthy attachment are “hijacked,” resulting in dependence on addictive substances or behaviors. Flores believes that addicts, even before their addiction kicks in, struggle with knowing how to form emotional bonds to connect to other people.
While it’s commonly understood that early childhood attachments to parents and family are necessary for healthy development, Flores says, emotional attachments remain necessary throughout adulthood. It’s not enough, he says, to “just stop drinking. ” To achieve long-term well-being, addicts need opportunities to forge healthy emotional attachments.
Flores reports that this is the reason for the phenomenal success rate of Alcoholics Anonymous over more than 50 years. When people walk into an A.A. meeting, the whole point is to admit openly that they are an alcoholic and yet to feel fully accepted for exactly who they are, with no condemnation. What a relief! This experience of, in essence, pure attachment, may be the best attachment experience in their lives – and most people who walk in and experience this, miraculously, stay sober for decades or a lifetime.
Children are more anxious and depressed than ever before. Why?
Good answer. His explanation of the decline of children's self-directed play relates directly to the rise of anxiety. What are we doing when protecting our children? -Lon
'Early years is where the magic happens' is something I am regularly heard saying when I speak at conferences and deliver training; this is because the evidence of the benefits of the right...
Convenience of the caretaker should not be a prime directive in working with very young children. -Lon
This concept reminds me a little of US education before mass education, of online learning potentials currently and some of the progressive schools going back to the 1930s. -Lon
Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions
Mindfulness is going mainstream this last year or two, but many people I work with in therapeutic or emotional growth programs have been doing this for years in helping their struggling teen students. -Lon
An innovative community based program aimed at engaging and upskilling troubled teenagers has halved juvenile crime rates in Armidale NSW over a seven year period, new research from UNSW, University of New England and the Hunter Medical Research Institute has shown.
A dear friend of mine (we'll call her Lizzy) is the single mom of two daughters. Lizzy spends her days working at our school, and her evenings and weekends engaged in activities aimed at enriching ...
Those who judge parents rarely know what they are judging. Every parent can remember times when they are dealing with a crisis from a child and strangers disapprove. It seems to be a national tendency, especially from people who have never been a parent. . -Lon
here are four characteristics of the narcissist which can work together to make him a danger. They are:
- The need to protect his inflated sense of self can make him desperate.
- The need to feed his sense of specialness can drive him to violate others’ boundaries.
- Lack of empathy for others can make him incapable of seeing when he hurts others.
- His belief that he is special can make it easy for him to rationalize his actions.
....If you have a narcissist in your life: a parent, sibling, friend, spouse, or ex, it is possible to manage the relationship in a healthy way. Your best approach is to walk a figurative tightrope. Have empathy for the pool of pain that lies beneath the surface of your narcissist’s blustery shell. Understand that he or she is protecting herself from the hurt that she experienced in childhood. But at the same time, it is vital to protect yourself as well. Keep your boundaries intact.
Do not let your compassion make you vulnerable.
He's right, dealing with them is a tightrope. It sometimes calls for supreme self-control. -Lon