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Aug 23, 2006
YOUTH CAMP DIRECTOR DIES IN ACCIDENT
(July 19, 2006) The Detroit News reported that the Program Director of Camp Kennedy, a wilderness camp that is part of the Tamarack Camps system, run by local Jewish organizations for Metro Detroit youths, died when a tree feel on his tent during a camp out.
TWO HIKERS DIE IN UTAH DESERT
(July 20, 2006) The Salt Lake Tribune reported that two people from two different Utah programs, Boulder Outdoor Survival School and Outward Bound Wilderness Program, died in the Utah desert while hiking.
MEDIA MULTI-TASKING HINDERS LEARNING
(July 26, 2006) eSchool News Online reported a Kaiser Family Foundation study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates the brain uses inefficient learning processes when the student is distracted by text messaging, TV, computer surfing or other media.
DEBATE OVER SCHOOL CHOICE
(July 26, 2006) TV Newsman John Stossel, who has been critical of the performance of public schools, addresses his concerns over a recent study showing public schools are doing as well or better than private schools. More...
THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS AND GIRLS
(July 26, 2006) Sara Mead, a Senior Policy Analyst for the Education Sector, an independent think tank on education policy, presents a lengthy analysis comparing a wide variety of assertions to existing research about the current debate over education policy regarding boys vs. girls.
UK STATE SCHOOLS COULD LEARN FROM PRIVATE SECTOR
(July 26, 2006) In a story in the Guardian Unlimited, Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education, said that state schools could learn a lot from private schools that teach teamwork and communication, skills that are increasingly important in the job market.
QUESTIONS TO ASK REGARDING DRUG TREATMENT
(July 26, 2006) Melanie Solomon, author of AA-Not the Only Way, lists ten critical questions to ask regarding effective treatment that would indicate whether one of the alternatives to AA might better fit the needs of the client with drug/alcohol. More...
REPRIMANDING OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN
(July 27, 2006) In a Wall Street Journal article, Jeffrey Zaslow asks, "Why we don't reprimand other people's children." He pointed out how the damage from a child feeling isolated from the community is heightened when people keep quiet about children's misbehavior for fear the parents will attack them in a misguided attempt to defend their child.
GLEN MILLS SUCCEEDS WITH MILITARY MODEL
(July 29, 2006) The internet newspaper delcotimes.com, reported that military recruiters are finding many recruits at the Glen Mills Schools in Thornbury, PA, saying the school successfully instills values that are very similar to the military values of discipline and responsibility. Glen Mills is for court-adjudicated males.
SAILING PROGRAM FOR AUTISTIC YOUTH
(July 30, 2006) The Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA, reported that autistic boys, ages 13-17, participated in the seven-day maiden voyage of a new wilderness therapy program called Talisail.
WILDERNESS PROGRAM FOR TEENS IN AUSTRALIA
(July 31, 2006) The Age, an Australian online publication, reported that a leading wilderness professional and psychologist Dr. Simon Crisp, is operating a 10-week Australian program for troubled teens.
WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE GROWING IN UK
(August 1, 2006) The Guardian Unlimited, a UK online publication, reported on the rapid growth of UK parents looking for wilderness experiences for their children. Pointing to the dangers of overprotected childhood, the article discusses the value of children learning to copy with life through coping with wilderness experiences.
MICROSOFT TO OPEN SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE
(August 2, 2006) eSchool News online reported Microsoft's first School of the Future will open shortly in Philadelphia, PA, including a free tool for school administrators to more effectively fill open positions.
WILDERNESS CAMP PLANNED FOR ONTARIO
(August 2, 2006) The Record.com, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, announced the planning for a $12 million drug-treatment centre for young people in Kitchnener is underway. The centre is currently operating as a pilot project this summer.
INVESTIGATION WIDENS: OPRAH CALLS
(August 3, 2006) The Tallahassee Democrat reported the investigation into the January 6, 2006 death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at a state run boot camp in Panama City, FL, has gone beyond the scope of the boot camp guards hitting him and may end soon. Anderson's parents are seeking more than $40 million in a lawsuit against the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Producers at the Oprah Winfrey Show are tentatively discussing a possible show with the family.
ABACUS DEVELOPS WHOLE BRAIN GROWTH
(August 3, 2006) Dhaval Shrimankar, NurtureMinds.com, Fairfax, VA, 703-944-7878, submitted a press release announcing that Abacus Training develops whole brain growth. More...
STATE HALTS ITS ADMISSIONS TO STONINGTON INSTITUTE
(August 3, 2006) The Hartford Courant reported that state officials stopped sending children to the Stonington Institute, a substance abuse treatment center run by former state Sen. William Aniskovich, because of concerns about the children's safety and supervision. The state licensed 45-bed facility is located in North Stonington, CT.
ARIZONA JUSTICE DEPT 'SAFE SCHOOLS' GETTING BETTER
(August 4, 2006) ABC News reported that after a major "clean up" at two Arizona Safe Schools for juvenile offenders, Adobe Mountain School and Black Canyon School, administrators believe they are on the right track because there is less violence and gay sex than before.
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM WORK STYLE
(August 10, 2006) The Times Online, a UK publication, writes that western work values being adopted by Japan seem to be causing a rise in mental health problems and lowering birth rates.
CHILD DIES AT FLORIDA BOOT CAMP
(August 12, 2006) Forbes.com reported that a 13-year-old cadet at Back to Basics Military Academy in Lauderhill, FL, died during an orientation camping trip. The cause of death was undetermined at the time of the report.
TROUBLED JUVENILE CORRECTIONS FACILITIES IN CALIFORNIA
(August 13, 2006) The San Bernardino County Sun reported that juvenile facilities for low-risk offenders are failing both the youth and the local communities. The story profiled several occurrences at one facility in Hesperia, CA last year, beginning with 82 boys leaving the property without permission, and the state investigation into allegations of staff misconduct and sexual abuse.
NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
(August 13, 2006) The New Mexico Community Foundation, is a community-based organization that is dedicated to helping coordinate programs and award grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations all over the state. Over the past five years, the Foundation has grown from $6 million in assets to over $21 million, with annual grants awarded to various people and projects including emergency need, youth development, Navajo AIDS Network, Carlsbad Mental Health Association, the Kids In Distressed Situations Project, etc.