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ASPEN RANCH GRADUATION
(May 25, 1999) Aspen Ranch, Loa, Utah, 435-836-2080, www.aspenranch.com, graduated six students who completed their graduation requirements
while attending Aspen Ranch.
NAWA ACADEMY ACCREDITED
(June 1999) Jason Hull announced that NAWA ACADEMY, French Gulch, California, 800-258-6292, had received full accreditation status
from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission, the standard academic accreditation institution
for northern California. NAWA Academy also has been approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to provide I-17 forms
to accept International Students.
GENDER INFLUENCES STRESS
(June, 1999) The June issue of Child Development reported conclusions by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
who studied stress in boys and girls ages 8 to 18. They found both sexes had roughly the same levels of stress, but girls had higher
levels of interpersonal stress such as generated by relationships with family or peers, while boys had higher levels of non-interpersonal
stress like that associated with academic performance or trouble with law enforcement officers. Also they found that stress was associated
with depressive symptoms in girls but not in boys.
HOME SCHOOL INTEREST JUMPS
(June 9, 1999) Michael P. Farris, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, was quoted in Education Week (June 9, 1999)
as saying “It’s clear a lot more people have thought about home schooling this spring than ever before. Every parent has thought,
‘Is my school safe?’ in light of Columbine.”
WOMAN CAN FILE SUIT OVER STAY AT MENTAL HOSPITAL
(June 21, 1999) A King County Superior Court Judge in the State of Washington ruled that a woman has the right to sue state authorities
for allegedly kidnapping her and forcing her into an Idaho mental hospital. The woman was one of 60 Wenatchee, Washington children
the state insists were sexually abused in the mid-nineties. Her case had been basically dropped for lack of action on her part, and
the Judge ruled that justice would not be served unless her right to sue was reinstated, stating when she didn’t respond to the motion
to dismiss, she was young, confused, without counsel and suffering from depression. The state claims she was committed to Pine Crest
in Coeur d’Alene Idaho voluntarily for being suicidal and with an eating disorder. The woman says, “Since when does ‘voluntary’ mean
handcuffs, restraints and shackles around my waist to the gurney?” She also said, “If those were their concerns, why did almost all
my treatment at Pine Crest deal with me having to remember sexual abuse that never happened? They insisted that I’d stay at Pine Crest
until I admitted that my parents had raped and molested us.” The woman can now pursue her lawsuit against the state Department of
Social and Health Services, along with former Wenatchee police Detective Bob Perez and the city itself. The effort by the woman and
several others of the Wenatchee children to sue Pine Crest was thwarted when the hospital’s corporation went bankrupt.
STEPHEN KOFFMAN, MOUNTAIN VIEW HOUSE
StephenKoffman, Director of Mountain View House, the adjunct program to Squaw Valley
Academy, Olympic Valley, California, 530- 583-1558, email@example.com, for mildly at-risk students
initially needing more structure than the regular campus provides, stopped by Woodbury Reports Inc. in a several week tour of Emotional
Growth Schools and Programs around the Pacific Northwest.
BENCHMARK 1999 GRADUATION
(June 26, 1999) Jaynie Longner, Founder and Directorof Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, California, 800-474-4848, for young
people ages 18 and older who need help transitioning to adulthood, announced that 17 Benchmark students received their high school
diploma in graduation ceremonies. The total of 76 graduates is the largest graduation class in Benchmark’s history.
MEEVES JOINS SECOND NATURE
(June 29, 1999) Scott Cantor of Second Nature Wilderness Program, Utah, 818-906-7611, announced Rick Meeves has joined the Second
Nature Therapist Team. He “…is a doctorate level therapist, educated in Marriage and Family Therapy, who specializes in the treatment
of families with adolescents.” He had previously worked for Aspen Achievement Academy as a Wilderness Therapist.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL HIRING
(July 19, 1999 Emanuel Pariser, announced that Community School, Camden, Maine, 207-236-3000, firstname.lastname@example.org,
is looking for a Teacher/Counselor, a Residence Coordinator, and are offering “1-2 internships per term for teacher/counselors, and
potential teacher/counselors who are interested in learning more about Relational Education, and the work the Community School is
doing with students who have left high school.”
VISIT TO STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(June 30, 1999) This picture was taken when Lon Woodbury visited Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, North Carolina. Catherine
Jennings, Founder and Director, (704-669-8639), said of the old chapel on their property, it’s in good repair but no longer used as
such; there are hopes of converting it to office space.
NEA QUESTIONS HOME SCHOOLING
(July 3, 1999) In the list of resolutions the National Education Association voted on in their recent National Convention, in B-65,
they stated “home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.” “Home schooling should
be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents. Instruction should be by persons
who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education
should be used.”
PREFERRING BAD NEWS COMES FROM EVOLUTION
(July 6, 1999) In explaining why the media seems to prefer bad news to good news, Professor John Henningham of Australia’s University
of Queensland says humans have been taught since caveman days to seek out bad news for their own safety and protection. He says our
primitive ancestors “needed to know what risks and dangers existed in the immediate environment, as a matter of simple survival.”
Thus an apparent desire for negative news is simply reflecting old survival habits.
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