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The Future of Education According to Generation Z

Their brains are wired differently.

Via Penrith Farms
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Remember, environment strongly influences the brain's growth, so this makes sense. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 7, 2015 12:22 PM

Some of my friends' parents are teachers and in talks with them over the years they believe at some point all school will be online.  From the perspective of the author of this article this trend has begun.  Digital text instead of a book, and learning on a mobile device.  Courses are moving to online, at some point will we have no teachers in the classroom at all?  I do like the trend towards adding a vocational component and providing high school graduates a tangible skill.

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All Over The Country, Kids Are Getting Shocked With Tasers And Sprayed With Chemicals In School

All Over The Country, Kids Are Getting Shocked With Tasers And Sprayed With Chemicals In School | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
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 ...

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

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

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 6, 2015 3:11 PM

The trends are bit disturbing.  Random drug testing, Tasers and chemical spray for subduing, standardized testing.  What exactly are we teaching are children to become?

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Australian Survey: 1 in 5 families admit to using drugs on children for road trips

Australian Survey: 1 in 5 families admit to using drugs on children for road trips | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Phenergan should not be used on children aged under two, due to its potential for "fatal respiratory depression", consumer guidelines say.

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Powdered Alcohol Hits The US

Powdered Alcohol Hits The US | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
  Although powdered alcohol is nothing new (the patents go back decades), recently a company called Lipsmack requested approval from the Alcohol and
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The Legacy of a Narcissistic Parent

The Legacy of a Narcissistic Parent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"...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. 


Via Dimitris Tsantaris
Lon Woodbury's insight:

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

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Lisa A Romano's curator insight, April 3, 2015 6:12 PM

High trait neuroticism and effect on children

 

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, April 7, 2015 3:51 AM

Individuation is the process of becoming the person you want to be, and not the person others want you to be.  This article demonstrates how our folks can cause life long problems for many not strong enough to trust themselves to become the adults they want to be.

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A parent's guide to residential treatment

For many families, residential treatment is the last resort when life is at its most unbearable
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A common sense reminder of what parents need to do regarding their child's residential treatment. k-Lon

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The New Adulthood

The New Adulthood | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Growing up has never looked less desirable. The good news is that there are an unprecedented number of ways to do it.

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There has always been an ideal of what adulthood consists of, very often recognized in the many falling short. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:43 AM

Intense article and right on the money.  I like his comments about cultural critics.  I don't like the idea of people defining exactly what one is supposed to dress like, and what movies they should watch if they are "adults."  I know a 50 year old that went to Twilight, I don't think enjoying a movie targeting juveniles should define them but that is just me.

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A Teacher's Resignation Letter

A Teacher's Resignation Letter | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I'm sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first ...
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I can relate to what she is talking about.  Much of the spark has gone from public school classrooms.  Even teachers are at times complaining about the system to outsiders - comments that used to be said only in teacher lounges or inside the system.  -Lon

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MIT students open up about stress-After Four Suicides - The Boston Globe

MIT students open up about stress-After Four Suicides - The Boston Globe | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The suicides of four students within the past year — including two this month — have prompted fresh soul-searching among students, administrators, and faculty about stress and how to tame it at a college that, statistics suggest, has an above-average rate of students taking their own lives.
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Woodbury Reports Visits Ohana House

Woodbury Reports Visits Ohana House | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ron and Kristie Campbell educational consultants of Woodbury Reports recently visited Ohana House in Bend, OR on a tour coordinated by Kay Ford of CKC Tours.
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How a West African shaman helped my schizophrenic son in a way Western ... - Washington Post

How a West African shaman helped my schizophrenic son in a way Western ... - Washington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Schizophrenics, some believe, are simply a “modern manifestation of prehistoric tribal shamans.”

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Is the lack (or less important) of a spiritual awareness a significant weakness of western behavioral/emotional treatment?  I hope more people begin to look at mental health problems with a wider lenses and learn from other cultures.  -Lon

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Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success

Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stim
Lon Woodbury's insight:

So true on so many levels.  But, we seem to have the view that when a person fails, there is something lacking in them. :( -Lon

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An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital

An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital

Via Scott Langston
Lon Woodbury's insight:

The musings of numerous sci-fi books in the last couple of decades might be coming to life? -Lon

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Scott Langston's curator insight, March 27, 2015 5:54 AM

Serious discussions we should be having about teen idenitity

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Helicopter parenting is robbing kids of their childhood

Helicopter parenting is robbing kids of their childhood | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
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.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The sounds like we are operating out of fear and scarcity. :(  -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 6, 2015 2:51 PM

Short article that tackles misinformation and that society is thrusting people into the position of helicoptering.  We are basing a lot of decisions on what happens to the .01% and the 99.99% are effected.  Everyone is being sacrificed in case the unlikely ever happens.

Tyler Jacobson's curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:01 AM

It wasn't long ago that parents never had these worries about their child's safety. 

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Boys Town-NE grows as neighborhood partner

Boys Town-NE grows as neighborhood partner | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
For generations, Boys Town has earned national recognition for its excellence in helping young people. A key part of that success is being open to new ideas and approaches, always with the goal of maximizing the benefits to children and families.
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Two thirds of people taking antidepressants 'may not have depression'

Two thirds of people taking antidepressants 'may not have depression' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
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.
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Sounds like the "magic pill" attitude is alive and well.  That is, a pill for every problem. :(  -Lon

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Divorce raises a child's chance of developing asthma by a THIRD - and stress may be to blame

Divorce raises a child's chance of developing asthma by a THIRD - and stress may be to blame | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
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.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

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

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 2, 2015 11:46 PM

I just thought this was interesting.  I always thought that asthma was tied to allergy based eczema morphing into asthma.  The impact of stress is fascinating.

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Are doctors following best practice when prescribing antipsychotic meds to kids? • SJS

Are doctors following best practice when prescribing antipsychotic meds to kids? • SJS | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Written by David Rettew, University of Vermont There’s been a lot of attention in the media about the number of children taking antipsychotic and other psychiatric medications.


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A good question.  I hope there will be more rigorous study of this question. -Lon

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Video games linked to better behaviour

Video games linked to better behaviour | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids who play video games in moderation are not at risk of anti-social behaviour, but rather do better at school, are less aggres­sive and are more emotionally stable, a landmark study from Oxford University has found.

The groundbreaking research that analysed teacher perception of student development uncov­ered only positive links between the moderate playing of video games and student behaviour.

Via Kim Flintoff
Lon Woodbury's insight:

As usual, there is another side to the fear from too much gaming. -Lon

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How to tame a teen - Irish Independent

How to tame a teen - Irish Independent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Spend six hours a week with your average non-communicative, disinterested and self-absorbed teenager?

Via ESCAP Online
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Interesting concept.  It makes sense that when parents and children are in the same space even when not doing something together, it opens the possibility of incidental communication - which would be some kind of positive. -Lon

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Kerre McIvor: Parents do sons no favours - Opinion

Kerre McIvor: Parents do sons no favours - Opinion | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
As a parent, you want your child to know you've got their back, especially when they become teenagers. They need to know they can always rely on their parents to guide them to safety - New Zealand Herald

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Over involved parents seem to be widespread. :(  -Lon

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Helicopter Parenting Has Crippled American Teenagers. Here’s How to Fix It.

Helicopter Parenting Has Crippled American Teenagers. Here’s How to Fix It. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ian was sitting at his usual place during what his parents had decreed was his nightly homework time. But he had his chair turned away from his open books and calculator, and he was removing the fourth raw hot dog from the package. He gingerly placed it sideways on the...

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Gee, his advice sounds much like what our grandparents did by instinct, and before a cottage industry developed in how to raise kids. :) -Lon

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Woodbury Reports Visits New Vision Wilderness

Woodbury Reports Visits New Vision Wilderness | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ron and Kristie Campbell educational consultants of Woodbury Reports, Inc., on a tour coordinated by Kay Ford of CKC Tours, visited New Vision Wilderness in Bend OR.
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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

Via Christopher Tienken
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Although this article is for pre-schoolers, the same thing applies to adolescents (need help with Emotional Learning).  That was the whole purpose in the 1980s of what was called "Emotional Growth Schools," the predecessors of the modern "Therapeutic Boarding Schools."  -Lon

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Federal Court Rules That Exclusion of Residential Treatment May Violate Federal Parity Act

In the fall of 2014, the law firms of Barnhill & Galand P.C., Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, and Psych-Appeal, Inc. filed a class action suit, Craft et al. v. Health Care Service Corporation, on behalf of an adolescent struggling with anorexia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder whose claims for residential treatment were categorically denied following nine psychiatric hospitalizations. Residential treatment is often the most appropriate, if not the only suitable level of care for individuals with chronic mental health or substance use disorders, which are frequently under-diagnosed and under-treated. 
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This might eventually mean two things.  1. Easier to get insurance payment for Residential Treatment. 2. Insurance premiums will go up because of an increase in claims.  -Lon

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