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The key to responsible and responsive leadership – the humanities: learn skills of empathy, imagination, and understanding

The key to responsible and responsive leadership – the humanities: learn skills of empathy, imagination, and understanding | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it

In our complex and interconnected world, we need leaders of imagination, understanding, and emotional intelligence—men and women who will move beyond polarizing debates and tackle the challenges we face. To cultivate such leaders, we must value and invest in the humanities.

I am a psychologist by training, and I study human emotions. Art, literature, history, and other branches of the humanities are vital for developing our emotional intelligence—essential to understanding ourselves and others. They help us grapple with uncertainty, understand complexity, and empathize.

Consider what happens when you read a novel. Engrossed in the narrative, you are invited to imagine the world from a character’s perspective. You think about the interplay between a person’s desires and her actions. When you listen to music, go to the theater, or visit a museum, you have an emotional response—one that connects you with other people and new perspectives.

 

We develop our emotional intelligence—and learn skills of empathy, imagination, and understanding—through the humanities...

 Only through the humanities can we prepare leaders of empathy, imagination, and understanding—responsive and responsible leaders who embrace complexity and diversity. 

 Peter Salovey 
President, Yale University


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Sir Ken Robinson: Alternative Education is Good Education

Sir Ken Robinson: Alternative Education is Good Education | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it

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Restorative Justice Programs Take Root in Schools

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Restorative justice, which encourages young people to develop empathy for one another, is increasingly offered in schools seeking an alternative to “zero tolerance” policies.

 

The approach now taking root in 21 Oakland schools, and in Chicago, Denver and Portland, Ore., tries to nip problems and violence in the bud by forging closer, franker relationships among students, teachers and administrators. It encourages young people to come up with meaningful reparations for their wrongdoing while challenging them to develop empathy for one another through “talking circles” led by facilitators like Mr. Butler.

 

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN


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Leslie Lilly's curator insight, April 6, 2013 11:19 AM

Empathy is the gateway to becoming a member of a community

Ian Townsend's curator insight, April 7, 2013 3:32 AM

putsTakes puts our community time and group work in a different perspective, doesn't it ?

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:43 PM

Restorative Justice programs are also being developed by some therapeutic boarding schools, and seem to be quite effective in helping struggling teens. -Lon

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Drug Rehab and Equine Therapy Go Hand in Hand | Touchstone ...

Drug Rehab and Equine Therapy Go Hand in Hand | Touchstone ... | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a treatment program for a loved one but are hesitant ....
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Dogs help improve moods among teens in treatment

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Researchers have come up with a new, mood-boosting therapy for teenagers in drug and alcohol treatment: Shelter dogs. Dog-interaction activities have been found to improve mood among teenagers living in residential treatment centers.
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Drug Exposure During Adolescence Has Long-Lasting Consequences | Addiction Treatment Strategies

Drug Exposure During Adolescence Has Long-Lasting Consequences | Addiction Treatment Strategies | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it

This piece of research shows that teenagers respond differently to drugs than adults, and explores the long-lasting effects of drug use on brain development.

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The Kids Are Not Alright: A Russian Adoption Story

Adoptive mother of Russian daughter shares experience with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Visit my web site at: http://www.juliaandme.com.

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Reactive Attachment Disorder and Attachment Disorders

Attachment disorders and Reactive Attachment Disorder--what are they and how do you work with them?

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 27, 2013 9:49 PM

Although very difficult to work with teens with serious Attachment Disorders, Equine Therapy is mentioned as a hopeful starting point for RAD teens. -Lon

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:38 PM

Great summary of attachment disorders and how they manifest, with pointers as to how therapists can address these issues. This appears on a horse therapy website and in my experience working with animals and particularly horses can have amazing transformative effects for the most damaged and disengaged young people.

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What's It Like Being Dyslexic?

This comic tells the story of a dyslexic kid struggling at school. Find out typical dyslexic difficulties and their strengths. Based upon the school days of ...

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Autism Programs Work Best When Started Early - MedPage Today

Babble (blog)Autism Programs Work Best When Started EarlyMedPage TodayIntensive behavior programs for autism spectrum disorders were moderately effective at improving core deficits, particularly when started shortly after diagnosis, but additional...
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Unschooling children from conventional education systems - India - DNA

Unschooling children from conventional education systems - India - DNA | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
Vidhi and Manish Jain have given up their careers to start Shikshantar, an NGO devoted to teaching children through conversations rather than sitting in a class and writing notes.
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Early therapy can change brains of kids with autism - CNN

Early therapy can change brains of kids with autism - CNN | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.comEarly therapy can change brains of kids with autismCNN(CNN) -- As the number of children with autism has risen dramatically over the past couple of decades, experts have learned that the earlier a child gets diagnosed, the earlier...
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Challenges remain to diagnosing, treating autism - Fox News

Challenges remain to diagnosing, treating autism - Fox News | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.comChallenges remain to diagnosing, treating autismFox NewsAutism is a national epidemic, yet challenges remain in making the right diagnosis and identifying the right tools to make a diagnosis.
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Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why (Thanks Pernille Ripp)

Why Are They Disengaged?  My Students Told Me Why (Thanks Pernille Ripp) | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
I used to think that when students were disengaged it was their own fault, and while sometimes that is still true, I have found in my years of teaching that a lot of the fault lies with me as the t...

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How restorative justice and empathy have been cultivated at E.L. Haynes Elementary

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So far, the school’s work in empathy cultivation and restorative justice has proven successful. According to Molitor, the school has seen a dramatic positive shift in student behavior since the implementation of the restorative justice program, and they continue to reduce the amount of time that students spend out of class monthly.

 

As of last year, E. L. Haynes has almost completely stopped suspending students. Indeed, E. L. Haynes is well on its way to helping its families realize their hopes and dreams, especially the dreams for students to “love the world” and have “an exciting path to the future.”

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Digg Reader - Another New Google Reader Alternative

Free Technology for Teachers: Digg Reader - Another New Google Reader Alternative | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
@Digg Reader - Another New #Google Reader Alternative via @rmbyrne http://t.co/u0OuwytrWs #edtech #elearning #kispd #education
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How animal assisted therapy helps with childhood trauma

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Researchers have recently found that childhood traumas and neglect can not only cause mental health problems in children, but that they can also manifest as physical disease in later life. This bac...
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The Mentor Foundation - Adolescent Brain Development and Drug Abuse

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Adolescent Brain Development and Vulnerability to Drug Use http://t.co/He4ggSX0XD

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Cocaine's Effects on Teenage Brain Development | Drug Addiction ...

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However, teenage brains are more sensitive to the effects of cocaine than adult brains, and teenagers who use the drug can also develop problems with several different aspects of normal brain development.
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Barbara Arrowsmith Young - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

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Barbara Arrowsmith Young was born with severe learning disabilities, but as an adult she managed to completely overcome them by changing her own brain.
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Video: Dr. Tony Attwood & girls with Asperger's | Autism Support Network

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Autism expert Dr. Tony Attwood discusses several reasons why girls with AS are usually not diagnosed until later on in life.
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ADEPT aims to keep kids in class - Galesburg Register-Mail

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ADEPT aims to keep kids in classGalesburg Register-MailThe days when the truant officer looked for kids playing hooky and dragged them back to school by the scruff of the neck are long gone, if that is how it was ever done.
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Only 10% learning to talk the PM's message - The Age

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Sydney Morning HeraldOnly 10% learning to talk the PM's messageThe Age''We feel there needs to be long-term planning and long-term commitment and there needs to be clarification on how this will be funded.
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Dr. Temple Grandin Talks About Handling Cattle And Living With Autism [AUDIO] - News/Talk 790 KFYO

Dr. Temple Grandin Talks About Handling Cattle And Living With Autism [AUDIO] - News/Talk 790 KFYO | Learning with Diversity | Scoop.it
News/Talk 790 KFYODr. Temple Grandin Talks About Handling Cattle And Living With Autism [AUDIO]News/Talk 790 KFYOOn Wednesday's edition of Lubbock's First News world-renowned livestock behaviorist Dr.
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