Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
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The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap

The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pages; $27. Random House; £12.99. Buy from...

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This is examining the issues the early therapeutic (emotional growth) boarding schools were based on in the 1980s, many of which are still operating.  -Lon

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Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine, aims to answer these thorny questions in “How Children Succeed”, an ambitious and elegantly written new book, now out in Britain. The problem, he writes, is that academic success is believed to be a product of cognitive skills—the kind of intelligence that gets measured in IQ tests. This view has spawned a vibrant market for brain-building baby toys, and an education-reform movement that sweats over test scores. But new research from a spate of economists, psychologists, neuroscientists and educators has found that the skills that see a student through college and beyond have less to do with smarts than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses. The KIPP students who graduated from college were not the academic stars but the workhorses, the ones who plugged away at problems and resolved to do better.

So non-cognitive skills like persistence and curiosity are highly predictive of future success. But where do these traits come from? And how can they be developed? In search of answers, Mr Tough first looks at the problem on a neurological level. Apparently medical reasons explain why children who grow up in abusive or dysfunctional environments generally find it harder to concentrate, sit still and rebound from disappointments. The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for regulating thoughts and mediating behaviour. When this region is damaged—a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty—it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts.

 
Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Woodbury Reports News and Views

Woodbury Reports News and Views | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

 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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Charter schools’ accountability is their strength

Charter schools’ accountability is their strength | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Unlike public schools, charter schools shut down when they fail. Closing unsuccessful schools is a strength of the charter model, not a weakness.
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 Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider

 Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Eric Barker highlights research that finds that following rules and doing well in school don't predict success later in life.

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Maybe this is why students in wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding schools are often there - they can't do wht they are told which is the pattern of success in mainstream education. -Lon

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And there's the rub, as someone once said :)
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Your Teen and the STD Nobody is Talking About

Your Teen and the STD Nobody is Talking About | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I believe it is no coincidence that as STDs have become an epidemic in teens, so has depression.
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3 fears about screen time for kids -- and why they're not true

3 fears about screen time for kids -- and why they're not true | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
We check our phones upwards of 50 times per day -- but when our kids play around with them, we get nervous. Are screens ruining childhood? Not according to children's media expert Sara DeWitt. In a talk that may make you feel a bit less guilty about handing a tablet to a child while you make dinner, DeWitt envisions a future where we're excited to see kids interacting with screens and shows us exciting ways new technologies can actually help them grow, connect and learn.

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A fascinating TED talk balancing our fears about children over-using digital screens. -Lon

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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
According to a new analysis, the number of US teens who felt "useless" and "joyless" grew 33 percent between 2010 and 2015, and there was a 23 percent increase in suicide attempts.
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10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
We're robbing American teenagers of the mental strength they need to stay healthy.
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What do you all think about this reasoning?  -Lon

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4 Ways ‘Over-Parenting’ Is Damaging For Kids

4 Ways ‘Over-Parenting’ Is Damaging For Kids | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids do better learning through trial and error, without over-parenting, because they learn to cope with difficult situations independently.
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 A Faith Based Wilderness Therapy Model-Jory Hanselman, BaMidbar Wilderness

 A Faith Based Wilderness Therapy Model-Jory Hanselman, BaMidbar Wilderness | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Jory Hanselman, Director of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy opening January 1, 2018 in Colorado, explained to Lon November 6, 2017 that their new wilderness program will integrate metaphors from Jewish culture and history in their new wilderness program. This is instead of most wilderness therapy programs that are based on native American culture.... 

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A young adult program that substitutes a faith based culture in place of the usual native American culture as teaching tool.  -Lon

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Three-Quarters of Americans Are Self-Medicating Pain

Three-Quarters of Americans Are Self-Medicating Pain | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
America has a pain epidemic. Though drugs and alcohol are the most serious addictions, they're not the only ways people are self-medicating.
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And the source of this pain being self-treated?  -Lon

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 How to Help Teens Manage Their Anxiety (And Parents Anxiety Too)

 How to Help Teens Manage Their Anxiety (And Parents Anxiety Too) | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Anxiety in adolescents is on the rise, reports the New York Times: It is now the most common reason college students request counseling services, and numerous surveys indicate that kids in high school and college are feeling overburdened and overwhelmed. Hospital admissions for suicide attempts have doubled in the last decade, and Times describes in-patient facilities for severely anxious teens.
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  Anybody recognize these claimed myths of education?  Want to discuss/debate them?

  Anybody recognize these claimed myths of education?  Want to discuss/debate them? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

SLRC Chief Investigator John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director at the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, has looked at tens of thousands of studies involving hundreds of millions of students worldwide to analyse a number of myths versus reality in regards to teaching and learning outcomes. Some of those are outlined here....

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Why more grandparents are raising their grandchildren

Millions of American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: What are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
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In raising children, grandparents often are the children's safety net. -Lon

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8 Steps to Becoming a Perfect Adopted Father - National Adoption Month

8 Steps to Becoming a Perfect Adopted Father - National Adoption Month | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Adoption is a wonderful thing, but it can be tough. 8 steps to becoming a perfect adopted father will encourage you throughout the entire process.
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Maybe society is starting to remember that a father is as important to the children as motheres are, and leaving behind the view that fathers are simpletons.  Hope so, the kids need it.  -lon

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Teen Therapy Center - Employment Opportunities

Teen Therapy Center is a private mental health clinic providing individual, group, and family counseling to adolescents and their families.
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Body, Mind, and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Teen Mental Health | Newport Academy

To heal and thrive, teens need a holistic approach that addresses their wellness on every level. That includes body, mind, and spirit.
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Good summary of various approaches to a holistic approach. -Lon

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 Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

 Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.
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Teen anxiety seems to be a growing cultural problem?  What can we do that is preventative?  -Lon

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Relinquishing Unrealistic Expectations About Ourselves

Relinquishing Unrealistic Expectations About Ourselves | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The most unrealistic expectations we have are about ourselves. And these expectations are destructive because once we don't meet them, we abandon ourselves.
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How to Cope if You're Sexually Harassed by a Powerful Abuser

How to Cope if You're Sexually Harassed by a Powerful Abuser | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If you're sexually harassed or abused, speak up and seek support.
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How Culture Influences Parents to Water Down Parenting Standards

Christian parents must hold on to wise parenting standards. Trace Embry urges parents to continue setting moral standards and boundaries for their kids.
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Does your parenting decisions feel like are always criticized?  -Lon

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Dysfunctional Schools

Dysfunctional Schools | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kirsten Olsen author of the book 'Wounded by School-recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing up to the Old School Culture' . Kirsten'

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Sounds like a book anyone should read if they are concerned about the modern norm in schools.  -Lon

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This is a book review of Kirsten's Olson "Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing up to the Old School Culture."
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When Your Furry Friend Is the Best Therapist

When Your Furry Friend Is the Best Therapist | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In recent years, doctors started recommending to their patients the use of animal-assisted therapy (also called pet therapy) in order to augment medical treatment of various diseases. This type of therapy is based on the therapeutic contact between animals and human beings.
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Why Kids Can’t Sit Still | Newport Academy

A deeper understanding of ADHD is necessary for both healthcare professionals and the general public. This includes ADHD treatment in kids and teens.
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Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school

Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Recent studies show that software which imitates the responsive role of a tutor rather than just cranking out questions and answers can indeed accelerate children’s learning. The second reason is the experience of a growing number of schools, like KLS, which are not just bolting edtech onto the existing way of doing things but using the new software to change how pupils and teachers spend their time. Both, it seems, get more productive. For many decades educational innovators have happily anticipated the end of “factory model”, whereby children of the same age learn from the same teacher in broadly the same way, yet the model endures. Now, at least in some places, its days seem numbered.

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Looks like the undermining of the "factory" model of schooling is finally having some success.  -Lon

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Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to Prevent Addiction

Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to Prevent Addiction | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Be aware of developmental differences in brains of teens and adults, but parents should still set clear boundaries and expectations.
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A Theory on All the Mass Shootings

A Theory on All the Mass Shootings | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The philosopher Hannah Arendt predicted that violence and social unrest would surge in a modern age that deprived humans of an important function: the ability to act. 
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Although this article is a reaction to the recent Vegas shootings, one theory presented is that as the government and bureaucracy expand, people lose the ability to act to improve their position.  In the case of school shootings, could the lengenthening of adolescent, keeping children dependent longer, be feeding the feeling of powerlessness.that this theory posits is a cause of this school violence?  -Lon

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