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Quotes - Jun, 2000 Issue 

When schools attend systematically to students' social and emotional skills, the academic achievement of children increases, the incidence of problem behavior decreases and the quality of the relationships surrounding each child improves. And, students become the productive, responsible, contributing members of socient that we all want.
- Promoting Social & Emotional Learning, by ASCD
Perhaps the most disturbing single piece of data in this book comes from a massive survey of parents and teachers and shows a world wide trend for the present generation of children to be more troubled emotionally, more lonely, depressed, angry and unruly, nervous, prone to worry, impulsive and aggressive.
by Daniel Coleman
1998 State of Our Nation's Youth
An Annual National Survey
By Horatio Alger Association

Nearly 60% do not always feel safe in their schools
Over 40% say that other students' behavior interferes with their performance
65.5% have at least 1 teacher or administrator to talk about personal problems
69.3% can confide in their mothers
40.8% can confide in their fathers
40.7% have a family member as a role model

"Adolescence is by definition a time of immaturity, of experimentation, of predictable mistakes. No human being, after all, is wise before naive, polished before clumsy."
- Editorial in Chicago Tribune,
by William Ayers, University of Illinois
Good parents used to introduce their children into the broader culture; now they try to protect their children from the broader culture. Good parents used to instill the values of the broader culture; now they try to teach their children values very different from the ones the world at large teaches.
- Mary Piper
The Shelter Of Each Other
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H.L. Menchken

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