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.
Self-injury behavior increasing among youth Foster's Daily Democrat Gutowski said she had knowledge of what cutting was before trying it as she had seen it on an episode of the weekly television series “7th Heaven,” which was popular among preteens...
Police have located two young men who ran away from Genesis Youth Center, a residential facility for troubled teams placeed there by the Court, and believe their remaining two companions may be in Salt Lake County.
One point she is making is that social media came along at a time when barriers to kids just hanging out were increasing. So they are doing the same thing all kids have been doing for ages - looking for ways to socialize. -Lon
His concern is it tends to reduce thinking. Those active in social media get into a "group-think" mentality which means that without independent individual analyzing, there will be fewer solutions. -Lon
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Lon Woodbury's insight:
Most fascinating to me is the examples of people, who for brain trauma reasons, couldn't feel emotions, and their lives were a disaster because they had great difficulty in acting - that is, making a decision. -Lon
Australia's middle class and wealthy parents need to send their children to public schools to improve the country's increasingly polarised and inequitable education system, a report released on Tuesday argues.
A blog about a troubled teen and the family dealing with him.
Lon Woodbury's insight:
This mom blogger is reaching out about the troubles her son is causing himself and his family. She expresses very well the situation thousands of parents are going through and her story as it unfolds sounds like the story I've heard from hundreds of parents over the years. I am sure she would love some compassionate comments on her blog. -Lon
5 Tips to Protect your Children, Tweens and Teens from Dangerous Games on ... Huffington Post As many of us know, social media changes so quickly that it is often hard to keep up. New videos and games pop up constantly and immediately go viral.
Through highly standardized curricula and pacing guides, teachers are told exactly how to teach, rather than being empowered to differentiate instruction and create engaging learning environments to meet the needs of their students.
He is on to something. Another way I would describe it would be to emphasize we need to design schools based on the needs of the students rather than on the needs of schedules, pre-set curriculum or requirements to pass standardized tests. -Lon
Americans are dying in ever-increasing numbers from overdoses of opioid painkillers.* Skyrocketing abuse of and dependence on prescription painkillers combined with growing sales has contributed to this increase in overdoses and deaths.
Consider the so-called War on Drugs. In the popular imagination it began with then President Nixon, although various interests had been advocating for federal intervention in the use of mind altering substances since the days of alcohol prohibition. This effort, supposedly aimed at making our lives safer, has had terrible consequences, as outlined in blog post by Tony Newman last year in The Huffington Post. Among these: racial injustice; denied education, housing and other benefits; wasted tax dollars; unsafe living conditions (due to prohibition’s connection to crime), weakening constitutional rights as government seeks to circumvent the fourth amendment, violence across the world (including nearly 70,000 deaths in Mexico since 2006), and (ironically) decreased safety for children
This is a great insight into technological problems and potentials we need to accommodate as a society. Just as we have adapted to the potential of the industrial revolution, increased communication methods, travel methods, and increasing life spans. Schools need to be on the cutting edge of these changes, not just teaching to tools of the past. -Lon.