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Low Empathy: the root of all evil

Low Empathy: the root of all evil | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

I am obsessed with the conviction that our human race is devolving because we are losing our capacity for empathy. And I am not alone in believing that is the root of all of the evil in this world.


(On the other hand, there is increasing research that is proving how other mammalian species are actually evolving in their capacity to feel and demonstrate empathy. All you have to do is do an online search for “animal empathy,” and you can spend the rest of the day being amazed and gratified at the increasingly widespread “humane” behaviors of our non-human brothers and sisters. (Do an online search for any of the areas of human violence in the world today – shootings, rapes, war zones…. — and you will spend the rest of the day, perhaps, starting to believe as I do.)


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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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The Education Factory: How the U.S. Education System is Killing Creativity

The Education Factory: How the U.S. Education System is Killing Creativity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
by: Faiz Saulat

The standardization of education is stifling creativity and innovation in students.

Enjoy learning and want to go to a “good” school?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This reminds me to the statement many of my college friends would say - way back when I was an undergrad: "I've finished my studies, so now I can work on my education."  -Lon

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“Fear can be the enemy of empathy”: Leslie Jamison on Ferguson, Ebola and America’s painful 2014

“Fear can be the enemy of empathy”: Leslie Jamison on Ferguson, Ebola and America’s painful 2014 | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

by MICHELE FILGATE

"Communal panic seemed to trump empathy," says the brilliant critic Leslie Jamison, looking back on long, hard 2014


I was doing an event in Chicago a few days after Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola — after returning from his work for Doctors Without Borders — and all of New York was going crazy and the Internet was publishing maps of where he’d gone bowling in Williamsburg and where he’d eaten a snack and which subway lines he’d ridden.


Somebody asked me whether I felt like Americans were showing enough empathy about Ebola. It was something I’d already thought about in relation to the uproar over Spencer — how sometimes fear can be the enemy of empathy.







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Interesting insight.  This country seems saturated in fear.  Not only in this example of ebola, but how about keeping children indoors for fear of predators, or redesigning playgrounds for fear of falling, etc. etc. -Lon

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Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. So why are our kids so miserable?

Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. So why are our kids so miserable? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Research shows that children come into the world with a positive bias—they are prepared to be empathic and show kind behaviors toward others as soon as they are able to—but we are squandering that potential. UNICEF ranks American children 26th out of 29 rich countries on overall measures of well-being, and American kids rate themselves in the bottom quartile on measures of happiness.

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Good question.  But is this advice appropriate?  Or a little too partisan?  -Lon

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Can character be taught at school?

Can character be taught at school? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Our definitions of educational success vary. So too do our definitions of "character". Can you really teach something that is so individual, asks Eleanor Doughty

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In a day public school its difficult,  and my experience is mostly with therapeutic boarding schools, created specifically for character education, emotional growth and therapy along with academics.  The following links to a discussion with a head of school, Maryann Campbell of Glenholm School in Connecticut, who described several things they do that could be applied even in a public school.  http://ow.ly/Gk6qJ 

  -Lon

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 22, 7:48 PM

I think it can be learned. Teachers provide powerful role models and their behaviour is important in this learning.

 

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What I Know About Kids...

So I was speaking with a young, prospective teacher the other day about his future in education, and at the end of our conversation he asked me a really good question…a question that I had to stop ...

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

A good view on children.  I'm thinking of a few teens I'm doing a little work with currently, and have been amazed at how much all those points have been shut down, at least in their relations with me in this specific situation. -Lon

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, December 21, 8:46 PM

Great summarising blog post covering what the author knows about kids. Great reading!

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Anger and Anorexia

Anger and Anorexia | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
It took an eating disorder to finally teach me how to get angry.
Many people with eating disorders are like me in that they feel reluctant — even downright refuse — to express anger. This is by and large a learned behavior.
I grew up in a...

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Good insight as to when angry might be a positive emotion. -Lon

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MyHealthShare's curator insight, December 21, 9:34 AM
It took an eating disorder to finally teach me how to get angry. http://flip.it/NnU4c @EDCDenver #Anger #Anorexia
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.


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When a child drives you crazy with "Why?", I guess that is a good thing. :)  -Lon

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Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, December 18, 10:47 AM

Remember: A child's 1st question is "What?" because they need language-object identification. THEN it's "Why?" Don't close down either. Ever.

Christine Macia Carter's curator insight, December 18, 1:41 PM

Curiosity!!!  Key to everything.

maria taveras's curator insight, December 18, 1:57 PM

It's a natural human phenomenon that occurs when our curiosity is activate and engaged learning and assimilation takes place. It's a creative dynamic that is essential to foster for our well being.

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No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter Is an Addict

No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter Is an Addict | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months of radiation. We ate very well. Friends drove Mary Beth...
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The contrast between friends reacting to physical and then mental health emergencies is very well done. -Lon

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How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Student know how to play school like it's a game, but if teachers change the rules, they just might appreciate it.

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Why Your Child Hates School

Why Your Child Hates School | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
By Miso N. Grey A version of this article was originally published at Diary of an Angry Father. My son is 12 years-old and is heading into the 7th gra...
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Why Kids Won't Quit Technology

Why Kids Won't Quit Technology | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"Smartphones, iPads, TVs, computers, videogames. Technology is omnipresent, especially for young students. They just can’t get enough; one 2013 study found that college students check their digital devices for non-class purposes 11 times per day on average, and 80 percent of them admitted that the technology was distracting them from class. This has some educators and scientists concerned: Are students distracted because their brains are hard-wired for it after a lifetime of screens? Is there a cultural or behavioral element to the fixation that has infiltrated the classroom?"


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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 11, 8:36 PM

The premise seems to be that educators are incorporating technology as a defensive strategy to combat distraction. Interesting. I have to wonder if distraction is always "bad." I also wonder if one of the reasons students gravitate towards their devices is because they have them. . .rather than doodle in their notebooks and write notes to their friends or find other ways to manage their "distractions" which are often responses to battling boredom. Why write a whole note that could be collected by the teacher when you can text? But maybe we shouldn't assume that student distraction (read "not paying attention to what the teacher is saying") equals a lack of engagement. Maybe it's curiosity.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 12, 2:08 AM

Although the "jury is still out" on whether students' apparent "addiction" to digital devices impede concentration and performance in a structured classroom environment, some teachers  are finding the iPad, smart phones, and tablets used by students can be help accelerate the teaching of science, technology, and math--subjects that fall under the STEM banner.  Whether these digital devices "hardwire" the brain is still a debatable subject.  Meanwhile, teachers are learning to use these devices as a supportive educational tool. Aloha, Russ.

Digitpedia's curator insight, December 14, 6:31 AM

Very interesting.

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Is the Addicts' "Hole in the Soul" caused by Insecure Attachment?

Is the Addicts' "Hole in the Soul" caused by Insecure Attachment? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Dr. Flores reports that the human need for social interaction is a physiological one, linked to the well-being of the nervous system, as we’ve already seen. When someone becomes addicted, he says, mechanisms for healthy attachment are “hijacked,” resulting in dependence on addictive substances or behaviors. Flores believes that addicts, even before their addiction kicks in, struggle with knowing how to form emotional bonds to connect to other people.

While it’s commonly understood that early childhood attachments to parents and family are necessary for healthy development, Flores says, emotional attachments remain necessary throughout adulthood. It’s not enough, he says, to “just stop drinking. ” To achieve long-term well-being, addicts need opportunities to forge healthy emotional attachments.

Flores reports that this is the reason for the phenomenal success rate of Alcoholics Anonymous over more than 50 years.  When people walk into an A.A. meeting, the whole point is to admit openly that they are an alcoholic and yet to feel fully accepted for exactly who they are, with no condemnation.  What a relief! This experience of, in essence, pure attachment, may be the best attachment experience in their lives – and most people who walk in and experience this, miraculously, stay sober for decades or a lifetime.

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Basic Theories and Principles of Child Development | familychildcareacademy.com

Basic Theories and Principles of Child Development | familychildcareacademy.com | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Basic Theories and Principles of Child Development

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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Children are more anxious and depressed than ever before. Why?


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Good answer.  His explanation of the decline of children's self-directed play relates directly to the rise of anxiety.  What are we doing when protecting our children? -Lon

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Instead of medicating in the early years for ADHD should we be looking at early childhood trauma and attachment?

Instead of medicating in the early years for ADHD should we be looking at early childhood trauma and attachment? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'Early years is where the magic happens' is something I am regularly heard saying when I speak at conferences and deliver training; this is because the evidence of the benefits of the right...

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Convenience of the caretaker should not be a prime directive in working with very young children. -Lon

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The Globalization Of Attention Deficit Disorder

Selling the ill to sell the pill

Mental disorders have become a global commodity. A diagnostic fad heavily promoted first in the US now quickly spreads around the world.

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New Study Reveals Link Between Prescription Medicines and Teen Drug Abuse

New Study Reveals Link Between Prescription Medicines and Teen Drug Abuse | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In light of a recent study demonstrating the connection between adolescents’ use of anti-anxiety and sleep medications and subsequent prescription drug abuse, Novus Medical Detox Center calls for p...
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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.

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This concept reminds me a little of US education before mass education, of online learning potentials currently and some of the progressive schools going back to the 1930s. -Lon

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Historic Shift Occurring in Opiate vs. Alcoholism Stats

12/17/2014 -ATIN - In a major development, data out of Ohio is showing for the first time in many decades that statistically addiction to opiates is near to outstripping addiction to alcohol. 
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Anderson Cooper investigates Mindfulness for 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper investigates Mindfulness for 60 Minutes | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions
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Mindfulness is going mainstream this last year or two, but many people I work with in therapeutic or emotional growth programs have been doing this for years in helping their struggling teen students. -Lon

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Religion or spirituality has positive impact on romantic/marital relationships, child development, research shows

Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research.
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Community-based program for troubled teens halves crime rates | UNSW Newsroom

Community-based program for troubled teens halves crime rates | UNSW Newsroom | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

An innovative community based program aimed at engaging and upskilling troubled teenagers has halved juvenile crime rates in Armidale NSW over a seven year period, new research from UNSW, University of New England and the Hunter Medical Research Institute has shown. 

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Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children

Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Includes: ten great ways to help children relax, and practice these techniques together.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 10:10 PM

These are mindfulness practices and very important for children and adults.

 

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Feeling Judgy? Take Home Some Lessons from the Parking Lot at Trader Joe's

Feeling Judgy? Take Home Some Lessons from the Parking Lot at Trader Joe's | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A dear friend of mine (we'll call her Lizzy) is the single mom of two daughters. Lizzy spends her days working at our school, and her evenings and weekends engaged in activities aimed at enriching ...

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Those who judge parents rarely know what they are judging.  Every parent can remember times when they are dealing with a crisis from a child and strangers disapprove.  It seems to be a national tendency, especially from people who have never been a parent.  . -Lon

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Gina Stepp's curator insight, December 11, 3:45 PM

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a "parking-lot judgment"? Have you ever been on the bestowing end? Maybe you've experienced both. In either case . . . tell us your story, we're bound to learn something.

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When the Narcissist Becomes Dangerous

When the Narcissist Becomes Dangerous | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
here are four characteristics of the narcissist which can work together to make him a danger. They are:

  • The need to protect his inflated sense of self can make him desperate.
  • The need to feed his sense of specialness can drive him to violate others’ boundaries.
  • Lack of empathy for others can make him incapable of seeing when he hurts others.
  • His belief that he is special can make it easy for him to rationalize his actions.


....If you have a narcissist in your life: a parent, sibling, friend, spouse, or ex, it is possible to manage the relationship in a healthy way. Your best approach is to walk a figurative tightrope. Have empathy for the pool of pain that lies beneath the surface of your narcissist’s blustery shell. Understand that he or she is protecting herself from the hurt that she experienced in childhood. But at the same time, it is vital to protect yourself as well. Keep your boundaries intact.


Do not let your compassion make you vulnerable.


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He's right, dealing with them is a tightrope.  It sometimes calls for supreme self-control. -Lon

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