Makes sense. Time on their hands during summer is primary time for first use of drugs, and during college finals for stimulants. Maybe it would help if we cut back on the high expectations, and encourage kids to get a job or take on some full time activity during the summer. -Lon
Interesting research but some of the things attributed to millennials thinking seemed to be important to my peers when I was the age of current millenials. Perhaps their conclusions are much based on the "enthusiasm and idealism of youth" as much as it is long lasting perspectives of current millennials. -Lon
Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry Holt and Co. Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of...
Lon Woodbury's insight:
Wasn't there a now generation a number of years ago? Hasn't this group become our current parents? Could the driver of helicopter parents be their own ego needs:? -Lon
It doesn’t matter what district you’re from in the enrollment “hunger games.”* Each year, thousands of colleges across the United States send their best recruiters to the enrollment arena to engage in a cutthroat competition. The goal is to attract as many prospective students as possible. It can truly be a death match event. Those who gain thegreatest interest and meet their enrollment targets will most likely survive. Those who cannot risk a weakened institution, failure, and potential demise.
Lon Woodbury's insight:
I think this reflects the changing environment not only in higher education, but education at all levels (probably even general society as times change). Some interesting takes on The Hunger Games. -Lon
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Very good points. Well worth reading and considering. Even though 20 somethings are making major life decisions later than past generations, the 20s are for mindful preparation, not playtime of extended adolescence. -Lon
It should come as no surprise that people from all walks and in all demographics fit the criteria for internet and computer addiction. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does not classify or contain internet addiction disorder, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. This disorder is as authentic as any other and affecting many, and treatment options for it are expanding all the time.…
It seems to me that many if not most of the differences cited are due to an age that has (for whatever reason) has postponed common benchmarks, and the goals are largely the same as older generations were but a little delayed. -Lon
This whole "helicopter parenting" seems so wrong in a "growing up" sense way that I have a hard time believing that so many parents have bought into it. Might this have an impact on the future of our society's survival? -Lon
An architect of the "Boston miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don't just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It's a powerful talk about listening to make change.
Rev Brown makes a lot of sense. Even those in the inner city who are trapped and angry have strengths but don't know how to build community. Like all humans, listening to them will get your attention. He makes a good point that people need community and helping them see how to build one (like any quality school has) will go a long way in reducing violence. Don't forget, these young people are millenials also -Lon
Maybe this financial picture will be the force that forces education, and especially higher education, to make a greater shift toward other options like online education which can be much cheaper than a bricks and morter school. -Lon
I hope we don't obsess about millennials like we did the baby boomers throughout their lives. I'm not sure if all the attention toward the baby boomers starting with their early childhood didn't encourage them to become rather self-absorbed. :( -Lon
Wow! I like the idea of getting education at portals instead of a bricks and mortar place where somebody else has decided all the steps you need to jump through - someone who has no idea of your interests, strengths and weaknesses. :( -Lon
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