Children must learn to solve their own problems in order to be prepared for the rest of their lives. - Parents Pledge News at KTAR.com
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Empire of Earth and Medieval 2 Total War made me actually care about school.
Yes there is a positive side to the video game craze among young people. :) -Lon
This has some intriguing suggestions and reasons. I had a math minor in college, but I suspect I didn't go further because I didn't have help unlearning a lot of bad habits I had developed in high school. :( -Lon
Many of the children we work with have parents whose marriages didn't work. This has some intriguing ideas as to why marriages don't work. -Lon
At Georgia State University, algorithms alert advisers when a student falls behind in class. Course-planning tools tell students the classes and majors they're likely to complete, based on the performance of other students like them.
This reminds me of about a century ago when the newly developed IQ test was used by pioneer psychologists and educators to predict future performance and placement decisions were then made which had a great impact on the student's futures (I think these professionals were full of themselves and their toys). The example I remember reading was in the 1920s when leading educators, in an attempt to better utilize scarce resources, determined to not allow girls to take algebra and geometry because that would be of no value to housewives and boys needed those resources to prepare them for work. So much for the enlightened ability of the intelligentsia :). -Lon
A boy was waiting outside of his school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last week when a stranger approached. The man allegedly encouraged the boy to ride home with him in his car. The boy refused and the incident was reported to police.
The sounds like we are operating out of fear and scarcity. :( -Lon
Nearly 70 per cent of people taking SSRIs, the main type of antidepressant, did not meet the criteria for clinical depression, researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry claim.
Sounds like the "magic pill" attitude is alive and well. That is, a pill for every problem. :( -Lon
Children exposed to parental separation or who witness problems with alcohol, drugs and violence at home are at greater risk, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
My experience working in an emotional growth school in the 1980s (Forerunner of therapeutic boarding schools) was when students with asthma had a lot of physical exercise and fresh air, and groups designed to lance negative emotions, many of them no longer showed signs of asthma and could throw away their inhalers. Those are stress reducing activities, so this study makes some sense to me. -Lon
This movement, which has been growing for the past half-decade, is an attempt to free children from the thumb of adult oppression
Let's see: the kids were traumatized. Isn't that an element of abuse? - Or, maybe it is just a symptom of demanding parents own the kids rather than parent them? -Lon
I let my kids have a school holiday screen time blowout and the results were more than I ever expected.
There are ways to handle "screen time" without blowing minds or blowing the peace. j:) -Lon
"While we are told how important it is to go 1:1 in schools, this study shows that claim is not fully believed by all of the school's stakeholders. Tech integration is pushed heavily by the ed tech companies and curriculum powerhouses that make tech-compatible material, however, whether people actually believe it will make the most positive difference is something else."
That the arts score high is interesting since that is one of the first items to be cut in a tight school budget. Maybe we are getting into a national discussion of what the purpose of education is: To educate well rounded individuals, or to educate career competent adults and maturity and character are to be obtained elsewhere? -Lon
Myths and misinformation about mental illness lead to stigma and can keep people from seeking proper care for themselves or their loved ones. Mental illness doesn’t have to keep anyone down, however. Here, we debunk some of the most common mental health myths so you can get on the path to health and recovery..
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In his 2014 book "Zero to One," Thiel and his co-author Blake Masters write:
The hazards of imitative competition may partially explain why individuals with an Asperger's-like social ineptitude seem to be at an advantage in Silicon Valley today. If you're less sensitive to social cues, then you're less likely to do the same thing as everyone else around you.
If you're interested in making things or programming computers, you'll be less afraid to pursue those activities single-mindedly and thereby become incredibly good at them.
Then when you apply your own skills, you're a little less likely than others to give up your own convictions; this can save you from getting caught up in crowds competing for obvious prizes.
Thiel certainly isn't alone in his thoughts on Asperger's.
A movement called "neurodiversity" started to gain traction in the 1990s largely thanks to Australian sociologist Judy Singer.
Rather than taking autism, dyslexia, and other psychological profiles as pathologies that needed to be cured, neurodiversity considers them to be different modes of intelligence.
So instead of being a liability, something like Asperger's could be an asset.
Leaders in this movement are working together to identify the structures that need to shift for real change to take hold.
The 3 elements talked about are personalized learning, competency based and technology - all are common in private therapeutic boarding schools already. -Lon
So why is group therapy so helpful? Below, Miller and Hess shared five benefits.
Sometimes - not always - getting students to apologize for their misconduct and making them understand the seriousness of their actions are more effective than anything else.
They are talking about restorative justice here, and seem to have some problems with it as an alternative to to suspension, etc. I've seen it be very effective when used in therapeutic boarding schools and maybe the goals are different. The comments in this article focus on curing the disproportionate percentage of black males or LD students being disciplined/suspended. The focus I've seen of it in therapeutic boarding schools is to help the students grow to be more receptive to learning, and largely through interaction with their peers. The article mentions nothing about peers, so sounds like their attitude is for adults to impose something on the kids hoping to cure social problems. A different goal from therapeutic boarding schools. -Lon
Noe Niño de Rivera spent nearly two months in a medically induced coma after a Texas school resource officer shocked him with a Taser in November 2013. Niño de Rivera, who was 17 at the time, had been trying to break up a fight between ...
I think its deeper than that.Violence by authorities is in the news often anymore and it is wider than just schools. Tells me fear is growing in our society. Regarding schools, in the 1990s we started calling police for school infractions that used to be handled by the administration and parents. Police are often stationed in schools, and entrance to some require going through metal detectors. Perhaps one cause that should be talked about is if the "economies of scale" huge schools with more hormone hopping teens together in one place than I suspect at any time in history should be rethought, many of them there because they are forced there. There are fabulous results with schools that are small enough to build a close knit community - something like 200 kids or less, or not more than 500. -Lon
"...If you grew up with narcissistic parents, never fear, the legacy can end with you! Your parents’ mistakes can be rocket fuel for your own development.
First, you have to grieve the loss of the parent you never had....
You are going to need to discover boundaries—where you begin and your parents end—to free your authentic self....
Children of narcissistic parents often wonder if they are really loveable. You are! Start loving and caring for yourself in ways that you wished your mom or dad had loved and cared for you.
This sounds like if you find a child with very low self-esteem, it is likely his/her parents are more or less narcissistic. -Lon