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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Do chemicals used in our society cause neurological damage to developing brains? This is an interesting argument for answering yes to that question. -Lon
Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball.
She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.” Remembering how much fun she had as a child building and playing with the interlocking plastic blocks, Susan let her son Minecraft his afternoons away.
We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.
I've seen the blank stare of a kid with too much screen exposure. Its a little scary. -Lon
Margaret Mead’s 'Coming of Age in Samoa' is a cautionary tale of the consequences of agenda-driven social science.
How much research in the social sciences is more agenda driven than fact driven? What do you think? -Lon
The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.
The the conflict of strongly held values is fascinating. In this article, the author asserts that the value of academic achievement is in conflict with the value of intellectual curiosity. Do you agree with this claim? -Lon
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Martial arts can be a powerful body-based tool for helping young people work through mental challenges. At Newport Academy, adolescents recovering from depression, mood or eating disorders, substance use, o
Its amazing how physical activity can help emotional problems. -Lon
New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines cover preventing obesity and eating disorders
In talking about obesity and overweight, it seems among professionals "diet" is becoming a dirty word. -Lon
Frank addiction obituaries provide a warning to others.
Interesting trend. Seems like openness, transparency and honesty is usually the best practice. -Lon
Why is this brain- and life-damaging treatment still being done? Money.
Good question. Why is Shock Therapy still in use? -Lon
Michael Phelps helps create hope for teen addiction through his recovery from substance use. Trails Carolina helps struggling teens find success. Call today.
This success story is a national news story, but thanks to the people working in treatment and therapeutic schools and programs see this kind of result virtually every day. -Lon
"We don’t have to make children learn, we just have to let them learn." Good advice for teens, and all adults. -Lon