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Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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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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Man guilty in battery case - The News Desk

Man guilty in  battery case - The News Desk | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A former program director at a Christian boarding school for troubled teens in Caroline County has been convicted of sexual battery.

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Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Summer is expiring, the mornings already feel shorter and now, for families across the country, it's that dark time of year when we reacquaint ourselves with our alarm clocks and – whisper it – go back to school (although children in Scotland went back two weeks ago).

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Toward a Luddite Pedagogy-a View That Progress Is More Than Just a Lot of New Gadgets

Toward a Luddite Pedagogy-a View That Progress Is More Than Just a Lot of New Gadgets | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The time has come to take a stand against this thoughtless use of “Luddite” in the pejorative. The historical record needs to be set straight, and it needs to be set straight as a prelude to defending a Luddite approach to education.

 

A Luddite pedagogy for the 21st century

Just as the 19th century Luddism was interested far more in a forward-looking political agenda than in particular pieces of technology, so a 21st century Luddism in  education will be concerned with more important issues than whether or not allowing pupils to use their own devices in class is a good idea. Like their political ancestors, the Luddite pedagogues will wield a hammer, but they won’t see any urgency in bringing it down on trivial things like touch-screen gadgetry. Instead, the targets lie elsewhere.

 

One place they lie is in the false talk of liberation that has gained popularity among people using the #edtech hashtag. A Luddite pedagogy is a pedagogy of liberation, and, as such, it clashes head on with the talk of liberation peddled by advocates of edtech. According to the latter, the child, previously condemned to all the unbearably oppressive restrictions of having to learn in groups, can now be liberated by the tech that makes a 1:1 model of education feasible, launching each and every child on an utterly personal learning journey. Liberation as personalisation – here the Luddite finds something that ought to be smashed.

 

But what needs to be smashed is less the pedagogy itself than the idea of freedom it rests on – the more general political notion that freedom is all about freeing individuals from social constraints so that they can pursue their personal projects unhampered by the claims of society. This is the essentially liberal idea championed by Sir Ken Robinson, for instance, for whom it is enough for individuals to find things to do that they enjoy and that allow them to develop a talent.

 

But we need to be clear here: Luddism doesn’t want to smash the concern for personal freedom, rather it wants to smash the idea that it is enough. The untruth of personalisation is its unjustified narrowing of the horizon of liberation.


Via Hybrid Pedagogy, Miloš Bajčetić
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"Luddites" have been seen as against progress.  This article argues that they claimed there are more important ways to progress than just new electronic gadgets and scientific advances. -Lon 

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How Negative Thoughts Are Ruining Your Life

Last year, a study of more than 30,000 people revealed that harping on negative life events (particularly through rumination and self-blame) can be the prime predictor of some of today's most common mental health problems. Results from the eye-opening U.K. study, the largest of its kind, indicated that it isn't just what happens to us that matters, but how we think about it that shapes our psychological well-being.

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9th International Conference - Sydney, Australia, December 2-4, 2014 | EAGALA Primary site

9th International Conference - Sydney, Australia, December 2-4, 2014 | EAGALA Primary site | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

We look forward to seeing you at EAGALA's 9th International Conference in Sydney, Australia, December 2-4, 2014!

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Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tri...

 

A MUST READ!!!

 


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Ferdi McDermott's curator insight, August 23, 2:59 PM

Not at www.chavagnes.org ...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 23, 5:01 PM

Perhaps School as we know is on the way out, but education and School are not interchangeable words although they are used that way frequently. Actually, School as we know it should have been on the way out a long time ago. With the current reformers who propose change that does not change the structure, it is not happening soon.

 

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InkySprat's curator insight, August 27, 10:05 AM

Teachers are not immune to the need to learn new skills as the world changes 

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3 Solutions to Negative Cultural Influences | Trace Embry

3 Solutions to Negative Cultural Influences | Trace Embry | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Negative cultural influences are far more prevalent than parents may think. Trace Embry tackles 3 negative cultural influences by providing you solutions.
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Leeds 3 — The Beauty Of Helping People Feel They’d Been Heard

Leeds 3 — The Beauty Of Helping People Feel They’d Been Heard | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Education News Julia Steiny - Restorative practices are a set of simple interpersonal skills and rules that help people hear what each other is saying and maximize the chances of people feeling heard
Lon Woodbury's insight:

An interesting series on what child-friendly cities could be.  Be sure to click to Part 1 and Part 2.  She makes it sound like cities, instead of the usual practice of top down planning and detail decision making (ego centric), the approach is to facilitate local people and institutions to work toward the positive common goals the city leadership have developed. -Lon

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Why Access to Screens is Lowering Kid's Social Skills

Why Access to Screens is Lowering Kid's Social Skills | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids read emotions better after being deprived of electronic media

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Assure good performance of kids at school

Assure good performance of kids at school | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Parents worry so much about the performance of their kids at school. They actually strain themselves a lot and also put undue pressure on their children to make latter perform well. However, in spite of their pressures and effort, some kids do not perform as per expectations.

Are the kids responsible for underperformance? Or is the school not doing enough? Or maybe, the parents are making too much of fuss. Let’s find out.

Lon Woodbury's insight:

A lot of common sense from this lady from India. -Lon

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Exercise May Change Kids' Brains for the Better

Exercise May Change Kids' Brains for the Better | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
For the first time, there’s evidence that being fit can improve the speed and connectivity of brain neurons

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11 Signs Your Teen May Be Addicted | Palm Beach Institute

11 Signs Your Teen May Be Addicted | Palm Beach Institute | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Have you found paraphernalia? Have you suspected that your teen may be using drugs? These 11 signs may help you find out if your teen may be addicted.
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Pimps use social media to lure at-risk teens into prostitution

Pimps use social media to lure at-risk teens into prostitution | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents should be alert to the fact pimps in Texas use social media to recruit young girls, with the likelihood it's happening elsewhere.
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Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
This is a deeply troubling and challenging public health problem that is an enormous priority for our Department and President Obama. What gives us hope is the knowledge that we have the power to bring an end to this epidemic. These deaths are preven...
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7 Ways to Break Your Kid: Disney Villian-Style

7 Ways to Break Your Kid: Disney Villian-Style | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The villain in Disney's Tangled is a parent...sort of.  Mother Gothel, as we know her, receives her designation as a mother when she kidnaps a young child and raises her under the guise of being he...
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Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School

Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I know that I'll be sparking quite a bit of controversy in this post, but I feel that in light of recent budget cuts and a general misunderstanding about

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The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
By: Salman Khan
Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones. What this means is that our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail.

My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, August 25, 4:05 PM

Well, I've already messed up by telling my children they're smart...too late to change that!  I have intuitively understood, however, that the brain is a muscle and that IQ/intelligence is not fixed.  So, I get 1 point for that!

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Bad Parenting Breeds Drug Abuse

Bad Parenting Breeds Drug Abuse | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Sober Coach Miami- Bad Parenting breeds drug abuse. Parents permit their kids to run wild with no consequences and then bail them out of any possible legal ramifications, thus continuing the idea that they can do whatever they please.
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Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students

Growing Closer To Your Most Challenging Students | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

While stress caused by common core concerns has dominated the recent education landscape, dealing with difficult students remains the number one source of constant tension for most teachers. Continual exposure to students who won’t behave or produce can quickly erode both confidence and well-being.


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William L. White: Power of Peer Support in Recovery

William L. White: Power of Peer Support in Recovery | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The concept of "wounded healer"--the idea that people who have survived illness or trauma may have special abilities to help others facing similar challenges--has deep roots within the history of addiction treatment and recovery. During the 1980s and 1990s, the...

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I can see this pattern of a healing movement going from help by wounded peers to help by professional helpers.  I wonder if the same pattern has been occurring with therapeutic boarding schools (i.e. CEDU to heavy clinical staff) and Wilderness Therapy (from wilderness guides being the healing focus to credentialed clinicians) -:Lon

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George Curran's curator insight, August 22, 2:05 PM

"Working under such titles as recovery coach, recovery support specialist, peer helper, and recovery guide, peers are filling support roles across the stages of addiction recovery. ... Here is an abbreviated chronology of what I and my co-authors have written about such recovery support roles."

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Confessions of a Special Needs Parent

Confessions of a Special Needs Parent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Stop Pitying the Special Needs Parent It was a normal day, nothing unusual. Saturday afternoon, a visit to the nearby mall with both the children, where I was checking out the ‘to buy’ list while m...
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Parents usually just do what it takes, fulfilling a primal need to nurture their child.  From this vantage point in time, I can not imagine how my wife and I handled all the multiple needs of four teens in the house at once, in three different schools.  But, we did it because our children needed it - and we needed to nurture them.  -Lon

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Rich McKinless Biking For Books

Rich McKinless Biking For Books | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
One parent who has made a commitment to many teens beyond his own took on a new challenge this summer: biking across the country to help get new books to kids who might otherwise never have their own.
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Rich is the Treasurer for Saving Teens in Crisis Collaborative (STICC) (raising money to help financially strapped parents when they need to enroll their children in a therapeutic healing environment) and like all the other members of the Board of Directors, is very active in community affairs.  Following the progress of his blog is a photo tour of the country with lots of rural vistas. -Lon

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Shouldn't Education and Learning Be the Same Thing?

Shouldn't Education and Learning Be the Same Thing? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"Schooling and institutionalized education have become removed from true, instinctual, and human/humane learning.  Humans have been learning since the beginning of time with major discoveries and innovations historically and currently emerging in spite of school.  This is the biggest problem I have with schools – most are contrived and coercive and do not honor the innate human need and desire to learn, discover, and evolve."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 20, 10:24 PM

In this post Jackie Gerstein states "to fully understand the purpose of school, the history of its evolution as an institution needs to be understood." After this is discussed she provides refers to an article that discusses "how to bring our schools out of the 20th century."

The next section shares quotes from a wide range of people on schooling. Three are below.

* Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.  Albert Einstein

* Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato

* Education is one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.  Bertrand Russell

She then looks at the messages sent out by our current school system and asks if we are questioning "What is the purpose of school?"

In fact, there are 8 questions that are raised in this post. You can find them in the image above, or you may click through to the post.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 22, 10:41 AM

Interesting post which discusses how to pull schools out of the 20th century. 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 22, 10:49 AM

Interesting post which discusses how to pull schools out of the 20th century. 

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This obsession with parenting is out of control

This obsession with parenting is out of control | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Not long ago, an email went around some of the academic lists I subscribe to entitled “New parenting study released”. Heart sinking a little as I clicked the link to a New Yorker article, I expected to…

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Lisandra Duprey-Rodriguez's curator insight, August 21, 11:19 AM

So true. Spoke to my mommyhoodfun partner the other day about parenting not being something we learn to understand by reading a book or article. .I mean it's nice to have resources, don't get me wrong, but where in the book does it say, How to react when your child poops on you? What to do if your child vomits right in your mouth after picking them up? Or How to prepare for the one that will climb 4 pantries up just to get to the cereal they can't have? Um not one I tell ya. It's a whole lot of experiencing it and patience. :D

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Mental health care 'in dark ages'

Mental health care 'in dark ages' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.


Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.


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