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News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A program called the Free-Range Kids Project is trying to help parents loosen their grip and raise more independent children.


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George Curran, CADC's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:26 PM
I'm often asked why so many young people from affluent Chicago suburbs turn to heroin. I think this is a major source of the problem: they lack a sense of self and self-agency having never known autonomy. To guage this issue yourself, ask a few of these young adults, "What are your dreams? What do you want in life?" All too often, they have no idea.
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Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a mental health diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IVTR) under disorders

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Learn About ADHD: Focus on Hyperfocus

Learn About ADHD: Focus on Hyperfocus | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Information about ADHD symptom of hyperfocus -- a common symptom that explains why many attention deficit children and adults can concentrate so intently at times.
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Sometimes it seems like ADHD is more a function of what the child is interested in. -Lon

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Childhood psychological abuse as harmful as sexual or physical abuse - PsyPost

Childhood psychological abuse as harmful as sexual or physical abuse - PsyPost | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused
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NIH Study: Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness

NIH Study: Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Overall addicted people had about half the mindfulness as non-addicted people
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I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet

I Refuse To Put Your Teen On A Diet | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
You or your doctor believes your teenager may be overweight or obese. I know how concerned you must be. The teenage years are tough enough. I'm happy you reached out to me for help, but I want to make sure you understand how I work with teens....
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Someday diets are going to be seen as harmful to gaining a healthy weight. -Lon

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3 Acts of Insanity in the American Education System | Alternative

3 Acts of Insanity in the American Education System | Alternative | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Jeff D. OpdykeActivist Post
A modern historian looking to chronicle the destruction of the America we all once knew could do no better than to deconstruct the U.S. education system today.
Along with providing American students a middling education...
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If these are as common as the writer claims, its pretty scary. -Lon

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Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post

Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Whether we're talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, I have serious objections to the idea that learning supposedly only comes via the eyes, the ears, and the seat of the pants. Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.

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So my pacing during phone calls that drives my staff nuts is good for me. :) -Lon

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Lee Hall's curator insight, October 8, 2014 12:19 PM

Teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. We need them to make a conscious decision to change the way they teach to meet best practice.   

Bethan Greenhalgh's curator insight, October 9, 2014 2:20 PM

I know that PE and the Dramanauts will have something to say! Churchill's standing desk is still in the PM's office - should we consider it? As someone with U6 lessons 10 & 11 on a Friday I say yes!

Marianne's Musings 's curator insight, October 14, 2014 10:38 PM

Another great advantage we have as home educating families. Our children are not required to be seated all day. They learn in different places and in different positions, moving, observing, walking and on the trampoline! 

Love this quote from the article, " we have research demonstrating that sitting in a chair increases fatigue and reduces concentration (our bodies are designed to move, not sit). "

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Iyanla Vanzant Explains What The 'Father Of 34' Story Is Really About

Iyanla Vanzant Explains What The 'Father Of 34' Story Is Really About | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If this story is actually what I believe it to be, a wake-up call from the universe, men will stop making excuses, women will stop being angry, and people will start talking and healing the things that really matter: relationships, families and our c...
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Sense of invalidation uniquely risky for troubled teens

Sense of invalidation uniquely risky for troubled teens | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Among the negative feelings that can plague a teen's psyche is a perception of 'invalidation,' or a lack of acceptance. A new study by Brown University and Butler Hospital researchers suggests that independent of other known risk factors, measuring teens' sense of invalidation by family members or peers ...
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5 Ways Emotional Pain Is Worse Than Physical Pain

5 Ways Emotional Pain Is Worse Than Physical Pain | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Why emotional pain causes longer lasting damage to our lives
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Ben Smith: 'I felt like I had no feelings, so with self-harm I felt pain'

Ben Smith: 'I felt like I had no feelings, so with self-harm I felt pain' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Ben Smith started cutting himself when he felt that nobody cared about him.

 

He was 14 and in Year 10 at a West Auckland high school. When he was about 8, he had found out that the man he thought was his dad was not his real father. Suddenly he understood why he was always treated differently from his two younger brothers, who were his father's children.


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My Top 5 List of What Parents Can Give Their Adolescent Children

My Top 5 List of What Parents Can Give Their Adolescent Children | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

So what else can you give your child – besides love, support, understanding and respect – that will help her or him be ready to move on the next phase of life?

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned - Granted, and ...

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned - Granted, and ... | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

 

I have made a terrible mistake.

 

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!"


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What common sense!  Years ago when I was teaching government, I found that some kind of experiential approach, and getting the students to follow their own interests when possible in a classroom, was much more effective. -Lon

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Marianne's curator insight, October 12, 2014 9:09 PM

What a powerful thing to do!

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The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits and Why It’s Not About Will Power - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
We all have bad habits we want to break, but understanding the brain and mindfulness can give us a leg up.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 9, 2014 1:50 AM

We can re-write patterns that are not helping us!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:01 PM

Yesss... I have some too... but you know what? I adore some of them... they are giving the special flavour being me...:-))) or... I don't know... simply I hate that everybody always want to change to somebody else.... Normally I would like to be even more myself... OK, some small things...:-)))

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 14, 2014 12:48 PM

I have been watching the recent anti-drug use ads the Canadian government, actually the Conservative Party under the guise of the government, with interest. Do they fall into this conversation?

 

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Jason Bedrick - The Left’s Legal War on Children

Nearly 60 years after Milton Friedman proposed a system of universal school choice in his seminal essay “The Role of Government in Education,” his vision is more popular than ever — and opponents of school choice are taking every measure to fight it.

In a recent survey by Education Next, half of those polled expressed support for universal school vouchers, and 60 percent favored giving tax credits for individual and corporate donations to scholarship organizations that help low- and middle-inco
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This is one perspective on an issue that can impact many children. -Lon

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John Grago Appointed Executive Director of Greenbrier Academy for Girls-WV

John Grago Appointed Executive Director of Greenbrier Academy for Girls-WV | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
John Grago has accepted the role of Executive Director of Greenbrier Academy. He has been working with me for fifteen years in various roles including therapist, program director, and admissions director.
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If Not AA, Then What? Five 12-Step Group Alternatives

If Not AA, Then What? Five 12-Step Group Alternatives | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Studies suggest that only 25 to 35 percent of those who attend one AA meeting become active participants. Here are some alternative support groups with different philosophies.


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New Beginning's curator insight, October 8, 2014 12:46 PM

It's so frustrating to hear statistics on AA that I know aren't accurate!

The people that get counted are the people that don't work the program and of course fail.  The sober people that never relapse don't get counted.  There are 5 people in my immediate family that have long-term sobriety all from AA.  AA worked 100% for my family!  None of us have ever been counted.  I have hundreds of friends in the AA program that have long-term sobriety, none have been counted!  I don't see any statistics at all for the other programs, where are they?  I believe the truth is, if someone really wants sobriety just about any modality will work.  The reason people fail is that they fail to work a program at all because they want to use.  Programs don't fail, people fail!  I support all modalities, I don't care if it's SR or AA, etc.  I don't know if it is even possible to get accurate stats on recovery with all the different facts.  There is a difference between a theory and something that is tried, tested, and proven.  AA is not a theory!  In my family alone there are 120 years of long-term recovery!  Thanks to the AA program.  -RevKev

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Do Education Reformers Know What "College Ready" Means? John Warner

Do Education Reformers Know What "College Ready" Means? John Warner | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

While the Common Core State Standards look good in theory, as long as they are yoked to standardized assessments, we will not have students that are truly college and career ready.
High stakes standardized tests conducted on computers, with essays graded by algorithm, actively work against the development of the traits that are necessary for college success.


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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:08 AM

It is a simple idea really: the traits we know will help our students excel in the marketplace can not be measured on a standardized multiple guess ( pre-answered) tests. Curiosity, self-regulation, empathy, passion, skepticism, character an courage, don't fit into an A,B,C,D,F paradigm. --Lou

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"...To do well in college students have to be able to exercise agency and choice, and not multiple choice from A, B, C, D and E.
The most successful students in my class would look at a question on a standardized test, and instead of trying to figure out the right answer, they would ask why they’re being asked this question. They should be able to examine the assumptions behind the choice of question, to analyze the possible biases underneath it. They should be able to consider half a dozen alternate ways the question could be asked. They should be able to take a stab at writing a better question.
CCSS literature says they want to help students think critically, except that to adopt these standards and the testing that must accompany them is to enforce compliance, rather than encourage students to develop critical thinking.
This mania for assessment is crowding out much more important experiences when it comes to student development...."

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 7, 2014 11:07 AM

John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead argued that far off goals were the adult view of School. Children need something concrete to sustain them. They need to be building something that they can sense today.

 

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Antibiotics In Infancy May Be Linked To Childhood Obesity

Antibiotics In Infancy May Be Linked To Childhood Obesity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
BY KATHRYN DOYLE
NEW YORK Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:46pm EDT

(Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study.

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What Is Education? Insights From The World's Greatest Minds

What Is Education? Insights From The World's Greatest Minds | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

"As we seek to refine and reform today’s system of education, we would do well to ask, 'What is education?' Our answers may provide insights that get to the heart of what matters for 21st century children and adults alike. It is important to step back from divisive debates on grades, standardized testing, and teacher evaluation—and really look at the meaning of education. So I decided to do just that—to research the answer to this straightforward, yet complex question. Looking for wisdom from some of the greatest philosophers, poets, educators, historians, theologians, politicians, and world leaders, I found answers that should not only exist in our history books, but also remain at the core of current education dialogue. In my work as a developmental psychologist, I constantly struggle to balance the goals of formal education with the goals of raising healthy, happy children who grow to become contributing members of families and society. Along with academic skills, the educational journey from kindergarten through college is a time when young people develop many interconnected abilities." | by Marilyn Price-Mitchell

 

- The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -- Jean Piaget, 1896-1980, Swiss developmental psychologist, philosopher

 

- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, physicist

 



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Mindy Weidman's curator insight, October 6, 2014 10:23 AM

What is education to you???

Vocabmonk's curator insight, October 7, 2014 1:19 AM

Let's know what is Education 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 7, 2014 4:35 AM

NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development Research Capacity-Building in Africa

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissism led reality stars to lie, cheat and steal as America watched. - Cali Estes - The Addictions Coach

Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissism led reality stars to lie, cheat and steal as America watched. - Cali Estes - The Addictions Coach | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The Addictions Coach: Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissm led the reality stars to lie, cheat and steal as America watched.

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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists - Masters and PhDs

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists - Masters and PhDs | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

What kind of person would do this?  Canadian researchers decided to find out ...


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Foundations and Waggener Have Guts to Confront Prison Industrial Complex - Treatment Magazine

09/30/2014 -ATIN - Finally someone in the treatment industry has had the courage to confront the powerful grouping of Drug War interests known as the "Prison Industrial Complex," a take-off phrase on the growing group of industrialists, standing military and federally paid scientific community members dubbed the Military Industrial Complex that a fearful President Eisenhower warned against in his farewell speech back in the 1950s.
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Making Friends With Failure

Making Friends With Failure | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
There is a major disconnect between schools and the real world on the notion of failure. School teaches us there is only one answer for every problem. And if we don't get it, we are a failure. This dissuades students from trying -- they fear failure. We need to teach students how to make friends with failure.

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