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The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap

The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
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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This is examining the issues the early therapeutic (emotional growth) boarding schools were based on in the 1980s, many of which are still operating.  -Lon

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Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine, aims to answer these thorny questions in “How Children Succeed”, an ambitious and elegantly written new book, now out in Britain. The problem, he writes, is that academic success is believed to be a product of cognitive skills—the kind of intelligence that gets measured in IQ tests. This view has spawned a vibrant market for brain-building baby toys, and an education-reform movement that sweats over test scores. But new research from a spate of economists, psychologists, neuroscientists and educators has found that the skills that see a student through college and beyond have less to do with smarts than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses. The KIPP students who graduated from college were not the academic stars but the workhorses, the ones who plugged away at problems and resolved to do better.

So non-cognitive skills like persistence and curiosity are highly predictive of future success. But where do these traits come from? And how can they be developed? In search of answers, Mr Tough first looks at the problem on a neurological level. Apparently medical reasons explain why children who grow up in abusive or dysfunctional environments generally find it harder to concentrate, sit still and rebound from disappointments. The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for regulating thoughts and mediating behaviour. When this region is damaged—a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty—it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts.

 
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Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views

Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com.  We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.

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Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A pediatric occupational therapist says schools keep kids in their chairs far too long.
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This makes a lot of sense, and just one more reason to move back to more recess and play time outdoors for children. -Lon

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Top 10 Advantages of ADHD in a High Tech Career - Adult ADD Strengths

Top 10 Advantages of ADHD in a High Tech Career - Adult ADD Strengths. ADHD is a competitive edge in a high tech career, see why
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Daytop In Major Much Needed $4M South New Jersey New Build - Treatment Magazine

Daytop In Major Much Needed $4M South New Jersey New Build - Treatment Magazine | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Addiction treatment drug rehab alcohol rehab and detox industry magazine news and articles
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How to prevent bullying: Ripping the rule book may be the solution

How to prevent bullying: Ripping the rule book may be the solution | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
There may be many ways to prevent bullying, but doing away with rules hardly seemed like one of them, until a New Zealand school proved otherwise.
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Very intriguing on many levels.  It suggests that bullying increases when the kids are not in control of their own activities and are guided into adult centered activities. -Lon

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Conversations for Inquiring Minds's curator insight, July 9, 8:47 AM

I know that the more control someone exerts on me the more rebellious I am.  This makes sense on a lot of levels.  Unfortunately bullies are at every level of society and the earlier one learns to deal with it the better off they are.  I particularly like the part of calculating risk.  Challenging ourselves is a key ingredient in growth.

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Give us a garden and we can cultivate our own hope and wellbeing

Give us a garden and we can cultivate our own hope and wellbeing | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Clare Allan: Working my patch of soil brings me a lot more than just veg. The mental health benefits of gardening should be nurtured

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At least one therapeutic boarding school is using gardening as a central part of their healing program.  The author's perspective needs to be listened to.   -Lon

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A Different Path to Fighting Addiction

A Different Path to Fighting Addiction | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A growing wing of addiction treatment rejects the Alcoholics Anonymous model of strict abstinence as the sole form of recovery for alcohol and drug users.

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Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed

Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011, it sparked  controversy among many people but especially psychologists and experts in  child development.

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How Vegan Lifestyle Caused One Blogger To Develop An Eating Disorder

How Vegan Lifestyle Caused One Blogger To Develop An Eating Disorder | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Vegan blogger Jordan Younger developed an eating disorder from becoming dangerously entwined in her diet.
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Too Soon to Declare Handwriting a Relic of the Past (Discussion on recently reported research)

June 12, 2014
Please print this letter to correct factual errors in “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades,” by Maria Konnikova, June 2, 2104, regarding NICHD-funded University of Washington writing research.

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Although many assume handwriting instruction is no longer needed now that we have computers, research across disciplines demonstrates the importance of teaching handwriting. Advantages of handwriting during note-taking have been found in adolescents and young adults.

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People Pleasers | Randi G. Fine

People Pleasers | Randi G. Fine | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children who grow up in narcissistic homes with abusive parents become adult codependent people pleasers.

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Left Brain, Right Brain? Wrong

Left Brain, Right Brain? Wrong | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"...The popular narrative about the left brain versus the right brain has several major flaws. As we have noted, the functions of the two sides of the brain have been mischaracterized. But more than that, the two sides of the brain always work together. And, crucially, people don’t have a “dominant” left or right hemisphere. We don’t think primarily with one part of our brain, which may be in a tug-of-war with other parts.


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But warnings from scientific circles published in small-circulation research publications do not always reach the wider culture (consider, as but one example, the many warnings about the dangers of smoking that scientists issued for years before the 1964 Surgeon General’s report finally got the public’s attention). And even if such warnings were circulated widely, they may not have been heeded. It’s sometimes difficult to override the power of a simple and seemingly logical narrative that offered answers in the age-old quest for understanding ourselves and others -- and also practical applications for everyday life. The advent of the Internet with its power to reach and inform – and misinform – essentially canonized the left/right story. As an aside, we would note that because of its complexity, the brain in general is susceptible to myths..."

 

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GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Change our routine and we change our life! by Daniel Blanchard

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Change our routine and we change our life! by Daniel Blanchard | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Wasn’t it Einstein that said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results? Do things the same and we’ll get the same, right? And do something different and we’ll get something different, right? Simple! Not easy, but certainly simple logic, right? 
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The New Recovery

The New Recovery | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Recovery is about purpose and meaning in life, not “sobriety” and meetings.
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Do You Listen to Your Inner Voice?

Do You Listen to Your Inner Voice? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Everyone has an inner voice, but not everyone pays attention to it. It's yours and personal. You don't have to even share it, but you can certainly learn from it. Possibly, the take-aways may even ...
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Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment - PsyPost

Review of ADHD drug approvals highlights gaps between approval process, long-term safety assessment - PsyPost | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their long-term efficacy and safety or to detect rare adverse events, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital report today in PLOS ONE. The study highlights gaps inRead More
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The Compton Bully Project

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Never Leave You Alone

  • The 2013 Compton Bully Project was filmed in May by the East Bakersfield High School Video Production Class.  It will be released sometime in August or September of 2013.
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Impressive.  This is well worth watching.  I know I'm dating myself, but parts remind me of the popular movies way back: "The Revenge of the Nerds."  -Lon

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Drug overdose deaths up 7% nationally, far more in Pa. and N.J.

Drug overdose deaths up 7% nationally, far more in Pa. and N.J. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Americans' treacherous relationship with prescription painkillers and other drugs appears to be worsening, with fatal overdoses up 7 percent in one year - and twice that rate of increase in New...
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Metaperceptions: How Do You See Yourself?

Metaperceptions: How Do You See Yourself? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
To navigate the social universe, you need to know what others think of you—although the clearest view depends on how you see yourself.
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Cooperation vs. Self-interest: Which Reigns Supreme?

Cooperation vs. Self-interest: Which Reigns Supreme? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Recently, Harvard Business Review focused its July-August 2011 issue on collaboration. It connected so well and deeply with my own experiences that I decided to write a series of posts dedicated to...
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George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study

George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
For parents hoping to guide their offspring in the right direction, an innovative study points to stories with positive outcomes as a helpful tool.
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3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake

3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
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What a Shaman See’s In a Mental Hospital

What a Shaman See’s In a Mental Hospital | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The Shamanic View of Mental Illness In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.  Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born. What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara…
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Regardless what you might think of his claim, this is a fascinating insight into a completely different world view than we are used to. -Lon

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How Dads Influence Teens' Happiness

How Dads Influence Teens' Happiness | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"In 2011 administrators at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tenn., came to a disturbing realization. About one in five of its female students was either pregnant or had recently given birth. City officials disputed the exact figures, but they admitted that Frayser had a problem. The president of a local nonprofit aimed at helping girls blamed the disturbing rate of teen pregnancy on television.

 

She pointed to the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. “So much of our society is sexually oriented,” she said, arguing that the fixation on sex was enticing girls to have unprotected sex earlier and more often. A lot of us might say the same thing. We know that teenagers are impressionable, and the idea that they would be swayed by MTV makes sense.

 

But psychologists Sarah E. Hill and Danielle J. DelPriore, both at Texas Christian University, took note of a more subtle fact about Tennessee. Nearly one in four households was headed by a single mother...."

 

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Parent Healing: What’s Ailing You Could Hurt Your Child

Parent Healing: What’s Ailing You Could Hurt Your Child | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"...In order to “break the cycle” of the emotional wounding that is often passed down, parents must do their own healing work. When the acting out displayed in the example of the school shooting occurs, it needs to be recognized that the root of the acting out is the result of the defense mechanisms developed to tolerate the emotional wounding and pain that was unconsciously inflicted during childhood. This is where therapy with a therapist who is a good fit comes in. As parents launch their healing journey, the repeated patterns that stem from unresolved emotional wounds will be interrupted. As a result, parents will begin to heal on an individual level, which will eventually turn into healing that occurs on a global level.

 

The following are some things parents can do to break the cycle of passing emotional pain down from generation to generation:

 

* Parents need to identify the patterns being passed down from previous generations that are inflicting emotional wounds onto children.

 

* Parents need to ask themselves if they are acting out their own emotional pain in ways that are forcing their children to develop defense mechanisms, which will then be passed down to the next generation.

 

* Parents need to ask themselves what they are doing to heal their own emotional pain as part of the process of preventing the cycle from repeating.

 

* Parents need to speak out in order to bring into awareness the unconscious defense mechanisms that continue to be acted out and to get to the “root” of the emotional pain that is often passed down through generations."

 

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Why Do Alcoholics Drink? | Changing Lives Foundation Blog

Why Do Alcoholics Drink? | Changing Lives Foundation Blog | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
It is so easy to slide into believing that the alcoholic drinks "because of a problem." And that if the alcoholic just "gets to the root of the problem" the
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Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, July 3, 1:19 AM

Important and highly readable article on how alcoholism is a disease separate from life trauma, psychiatric illness and other co-existing issues. While they are intertwined and can exacerbate one another and will require dual-treatment, the alcoholism is a distinct disease (and that is why not everyone who has experienced life trauma or psychiatric illness etc. become addicted to alcohol or other substances).