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The scary truth about what's hurting our kids

The scary truth about what's hurting our kids | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Dr. Twenge started doing research 25 years ago on generational differences, but when 2011 -2012 hit, she saw something that would scared her to the core.
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the importance of social time OFF SCREEN TIME.  Children need to play with friends, face to face
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Derelict school becomes national leader by making a surprising subject compulsory

Derelict school becomes national leader by making a surprising subject compulsory | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
“We were in special measures. We had low staff morale, parents not happy with the school, results were poor and nobody wanted to come here, we had budget issues. It’s a downward spiral when you’re there.” This is what Feversham headteacher, Naveed Idrees, told The Guardian. He continued: “We could have gone down the route where …
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I do not trust these "silver bullet" solutions to complicated problems.  Still, the article highlights the value of music to a school curriculum. I'm happy to say Camelot values it's excellent music instruction!
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Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Research suggests several ways we can all become more virtuous.
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Put telescopes on the far side of the Moon

Put telescopes on the far side of the Moon | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Current proposals for lunar development neglect our best chance to glimpse the beginnings of the Universe, says Joseph Silk.
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An odd post for timely topics perhaps? I think it is a great topic for stimulating  imagination and creative thinking.  A talking point for students interested in Astronomy.
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Opinion | The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

Opinion | The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Willpower is for chumps. Here’s what actually works.
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the power of compassion
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The Right Way for Parents to Help Anxious Children

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Anxiety disorders are common in childhood, and many parents naturally want to shield their youngsters from distress. But that is often the exact opposite of what they should do.
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CSNY - Teach Your Children (with lyrics), Melody 1971 - YouTube

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flash back to 1971 (yes, I can go back that far) when these were the  thoughts and songs about teaching your children well.  One of the singers, David Crosby, was at the Carolina Theater last night at age 76 singing about the same things.  Nothing is more important than Teaching Your Children well...
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High Anxiety: How Can We Save Our Students From Themselves?

High Anxiety: How Can We Save Our Students From Themselves? | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Colleges aren’t solely to blame for students’ mental-health problems, but we’re not doing all we can to relieve some of the pressures.
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How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

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A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.
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This explores why screentime is crucial. 
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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? | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | 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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Camelot is sensitive to this issue.  Please come to our next parent ed talk Failure: Friend or Foe, which will, in part, give some perspective. 
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Analysis | The fundamental things we aren’t teaching our kids

Analysis | The fundamental things we aren’t teaching our kids | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Two Harvard professors: “Most universities, including our own, have ceased to stand for or teach these values.”
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Wise words from a well known education researcher and brilliant educator, Howard Gardner.

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Cathy Davidson, "The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux" | The Regulator Bookshop

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Of Babies and Bathwater: A Call to Thoughtfulness as We Embrace Individualized Learning - EdSurge News

Of Babies and Bathwater: A Call to Thoughtfulness as We Embrace Individualized Learning - EdSurge News | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Let me be up front. I am a big fan of individualized learning. In many ways, it seems to be the promised land that we have sought as teachers for
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Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States

Nature-based preschools, where children spend most of their day outside, are a growing trend in the United States | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
If you ever wondered why America is slow to protect the environment compared to Europe, you might consider how we educate our children.
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The importance of being outside in nature has been shown to have profound positive impact at all ages.
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How to Raise a Prodigy

How to Raise a Prodigy | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Adam Gopnik examines whether achievement can be engineered.
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a very long review article, but worth a skim.  near the end, the generalities to all child rearing are worthwhile!
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The Secrets of Resilience

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What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods.
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Sync your calendar with the solar system

Sync your calendar with the solar system | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Never miss an eclipse, a meteor shower, a rocket launch or any other astronomical and space event that's out of this world.
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Great resource for your astronomy enthusiast student!
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Opinion | The Importance of Dumb Mistakes in College

Opinion | The Importance of Dumb Mistakes in College | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Students deserve the chance to try out ideas without incurring the wrath of the entire internet.
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One person's perspective on the value of making mistakes. 
This reminded me of our parent ed talk about the value of making mistakes.
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Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education | BEST Ebooks

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education | BEST Ebooks | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by Ken Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge prof
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a free download about teaching creativity in schools
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The Secrets of Resilience

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What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods.
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Time Well Spent

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Time Well Spent is a movement to transform the race for attention so it
aligns with our best interests.
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One tiny way to take control back over your phone's ceaseless intrusion into your life. 
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TED Radio Hour

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The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED. Follow the show @TEDRadioHour.
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There are many great podcasts to listen to here. I am recommending the one from October 15 called 'Manipulation', A terrific overview of why screentime is an important and crucial part of our social lives and the development of our children (not to mention our current political concerns.)  "The internet is not "harmless"." 
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A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College

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Payback walks students through picking a college and paying for it, from choosing majors to finding work. Will it help them or scare them?
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Come to the parent ed talk on October 12 about Affording College!
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Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
As teachers launch personal brands and cast themselves as influencers, start-ups and tech giants alike are racing to cultivate them to spread their wares.
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Technology companies push their products in the classroom. Cultivation of young minds into the way of the world early - learning with their instagram, twitter accounts. A good idea?  Or a scary one? 
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Burnett Seminar - UNC General Alumni Association

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another free workshop for parents!  this one available online or free in person.  The topic is Dyslexia. Great for those with a specific need or  interest in that topic, but not particularly useful to others.  Let me know how it was if anyone goes!
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