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Mar 28, 2006
PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT…30 YEAR STUDY
(1997) An article published in the 1997 summer edition of the University of California Santa Cruz Review, reported on a longitudinal psychological study that began in 1968, when the 100 subjects were three-years-old. Through this study of long-term personality development, researchers analyzed the development of ego control and ego resiliency, and the impacts of divorce, depression, and creativity. More...
LOVING CHILDREN-A DESIGN PROBLEM
(October 2000) David Orr's article, originally published in Design Builder in 2000, suggests that our society emphasizes economic growth, distribution and consumption with little regard to environmental or social consequences. Orr suggests this is creating a disconnect in the broader sense of a meaningful life, and teaches children lessons that sabotage their ability to achieve more fulfilling lives. More...
SPACE TECHNOLOGY: ADHD CURE?
(February 15, 2006) A story on the Australian "A Current Affair" suggests that a treatment known as the Dore Program can be used to expand dormant parts of the cerebellum to alleviate conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and dyslexia. The program was developed from treatments that astronauts undergo after returning from outer space. More...
SPECIAL EDUCATION AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
(February 19, 2006) The San Francisco Chronicle reported that more parents of special education students seek extra-special education at public expense. Dissatisfied with, or unwilling to consider classes and therapies offered by public schools, growing numbers of parents have learned that demanding more can yield striking benefits, especially when they threaten to sue. More...
ADHD COMMUNITY DOUBLES MEMBERSHIP
(February 25, 2006) PRWeb Newswire reported that www.addforums.com, an online ADHD and Disorder Support Community has doubled its membership in less then six months with 10,000 members. Members receive support and gain understanding about conditions like Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Learning Disorders, Tourettes Syndrome and other disorders. More...
GUARDS CAUGHT ON TAPE
(February 28, 2006) The Miami Herald reported a surveillance tape brought attention to the death of a 14-year-old boy at the Bay County juvenile boot camp in Florida. Despite the guard's explanation, which the Bay County Medical Examiner supported, the tape shows half a dozen guards brutalizing a kid. Because of the videotape, the sheriff has shut down the controversial boot camp. More...
COMPASS PROGRAM FREE TO SCHOOLS
(March 2006) StoppingSchoolViolence.com reported that The Compass Program, is a free new program that incorporates communities, parents, schools and students in the effort to reduce bullying. More...
BINKS CRITICIZES INDUSTRY
(March 2006) CBC News reported Georgie Binks, a freelance writer, criticized the growing industry of troubled teen therapy, such as therapeutic centers, wilderness camps and behavior modification schools. She says parents are overreacting to teen experimentation with drugs and alcohol, and they ought to think long and hard about whether they are doing more harm than good by sending them away. More...
GENDER & BOOZE
(March 2006) Inside Higher Ed reported that experts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington are conducting a study into a gender-based approach to implement into alcohol education programs. Funded by the Education Department, the early findings indicate this approach to alcohol education is showing a positive impact. More...
IS AGE A FACTOR IN ADHD?
(March 2006) Ezine Articles posted an article by George Gallegos, PhD, which said that as a child psychologist, he recognizes the "Rule Out" factors that increases his potential for accurately diagnosing ADHD. The age of onset is one of the differential diagnostic factors he uses because the presence of ADHD can be recognized in a child by at least age seven. More...
STUDY LINKS SUICIDES & PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS
(March 2, 2006) A five-year study by Ken Kramer found 38.1 percent of teens had psychotropic drugs in their system at the time of suicide. The study shows that these drugs when prescribed to prevent suicide are questionable. More...
AUTISM INCREASING 17% A YEAR
(March 2, 2006) The Tucson Weekly reported the incidence of autism in the United States has been growing at the rate of 17 percent annually. Autism disorders are neurological, not psychological as once thought. Four times more boys than girls are diagnosed with Autism. More...
STUDENTS VS PROFESSORS ON CHARACTER ED
(March 2, 2006) According to the Christian Science Monitor, a survey conducted among 421 academic institutions by the University of California at Los Angeles revealed that while half or more of college students are interested in learning more about moral ideas, only a few institutions integrate such learning in campus life. More...
AOL WILL PAY EMAIL FEES FOR NON-PROFITS
(March 3, 2006) eSchool News Online reported that America Online (AOL) executives originally wanted to charge schools and other educational organizations a small fee for sending email communications, to ensure their messages would get past AOL's spam filters. However, after sharp criticism, AOL said it would pay the bulk email charges for qualified non-profit organizations, including schools and education groups. More...
SCHUTTA OFFERS PARENTING CLASS
(March 3, 2006) PRWeb Newswire reported that Toni Schutta, MA, LP, has developed a 10-hour parenting class for parents of children, ages 3-12. She teaches parents the seven essential parenting skills they need to use daily to be successful parents. More...
DR. JIM JONES…AUTHOR
(March 3, 2006) Dr. Jim Jones, Familyhood Education Foundation, St. George, UT, 800-349-2543, is the author of several audio disks that are used by a number of network schools and programs. Throughout his website, Dr. Jones provides a wide-range of information from parenting tips to parenting seminars.
COLLEGES ACCOUNTABLE IN SUICIDE ATTEMPTS
(March 10, 2006) The Washington Post reported that historically administrators are not responsible for student suicides. However, recent cases have thrown that into flux. A student attending Ferrum College in Virginia made explicit threats before committing suicide, and a judge said the college has a duty to prevent suicide if the risk is foreseeable. "To have knowledge and fail to act is just an invitation to liability," said Sheldon Steinbach of the American Council on Education. More...
FEMALE TEEN VIOLENCE GROWING
(March 11, 2006) ABC News reported a growing number of teenage girls seem to be engaging in more extreme behaviors, including violence. Nationwide statistics show arrests for aggravated assault by girls rose by 68 percent from 1987 to 2003. More...
EATING DISORDERS CONFERENCE
(March 16, 2006) The New Life Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT, 801-983-6441, announced their conference on Research, Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders, titled Creating a Circle of Hope. The conference is scheduled for May 4-5, 2006 at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Presenters include Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD; James Lock, MD, PhD; Murray Zucker, MD; and Carolyn Costin, MS, M.Ed., MFT.
CHARTER SCHOOLS EXPAND AT-RISK PERCENTAGES
(March 16, 2006) In a story on Education News, a report by the Center for Education Reform says charter schools serve proportionately more "at-risk" children at a cost of $2,000 less per pupil than conventional public schools. The report also demonstrates a double-digit percentage growth in charter school enrollment over the past decade. More...
ANTI-PSYCHOTIC DRUG USE SKYROCKETS
(March 16, 2006) An Associated Press article on MSNBC, reported Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, found that annually 8.6 out of every 1,000 children are prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. This increase is significant when compared with the mid-1990s when it was nearly 40 out of a 1,000. More...
PARENTS SATISFIED WITH EUROPEAN ED
(March 17, 2006) A BBC story reported that a Harris Interactive Poll revealed that British parents were more satisfied with their state run schools than parents in Germany and Spain. More...
MAYBE IT ISN'T THE TEACHERS
(March 17, 2006) Townhall.com published an opinion article by Laura Hirschfield Hollis that argued that two generations of negligent parents with a post-war sense of entitlement are significant contributors to the less than ideal education conditions in public schools. She asserts educators could more effectively do their jobs if parents were held accountable for that negligence. More...
WHERE DID ALL THE CHILDREN GO?
(March 19, 2006) A Washington Post article reported the number of middle class families in large cities like San Francisco have declined in recent years, largely because of increasing housing costs. The number of children in San Francisco has declined from about 24 percent of the city's population in 1960 to less than 15 percent after 2000. More...
COLLEGE BLDG NAMED AFTER UHS FOUNDER
(March 17, 2006) The College of William and Mary plans to name a new instruction and research oriented building after Alan B. Miller, chairman and president of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS). UHS is a large hospital management firm with facilities in 22 states including Boulder Creek, Northwest Academy and Ascent in Idaho, and Provo Canyon and Center for Change in Utah. More...
STUDENTS NEED SERVICES, NOT CENSURE
(March 19, 2006) An editorial in the Washington Post written by a freshman at George Washington University criticizes the university for limiting student-counseling services. The editorial suggests the university is even threatening to expel students who are suffering from depression. More...
SECOND AUTOPSY FINDINGS DIFFER
(March 21, 2006) Tampa Bay 10 News reported the findings from a second autopsy on the 14-year-old boy who died hours after being placed in a Florida State run boot camp, indicated a different cause of death. The first autopsy conducted by Bay County Medical examiner Charles Siebert, ruled the teen died of natural causes. Several State Senators are calling for the arrest of those involved. Visit the Struggling Teens website Breaking News section to view a complete list of stories on the Florida Boot Camps. More...
NEW VIDEO GAME 'BULLY' IS PLANNED
(March 21, 2006) According to eSchool News, Miami-Dade County School District is trying to warn parents and to limit the sale to minors of the yet to be released video game "Bully." This game, designed by the same company that released "Grand Theft Auto," is purported to feature violent situations in school. More...
FLORIDA: LINKING TEACHER PAY & TEST SCORES
(March 21, 2006) A Washington Post article on MSNBC reported that beginning next year, a new pay-for-performance program for Florida teachers will tie raises and bonuses directly to pupils' standardized-test scores. With pressure to score well on the tests, some school districts are moving their start dates back to early August to add extra weeks of instruction before the March exams. More...
IS SAT HARMING EDUCATION?
(March 21, 2006) In an editorial in the News Observer, Raleigh, NC, Brother Michel Bettigole, OSF, Principal, Cardinal Gibbons High School, argues that the SAT is actually harmful to education. He said it encourages students and parents to invest in coaching specifically for the SAT, "a test that measures everything but character, drive, vision, creativity, social skills, compassion and justice." More...
NATIONAL ANALYSIS OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
(March 22, 2006) According to a recent evaluation of state mental health care systems by the National Alliance of Mental Illness, only five states received a grade higher than a "C" and 29 states received a "D" or an "F." More...