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NEWS & VIEWS - NOVEMBER 2006
Oct 25, 2006, 16:46
TEXAS SUED FOR UNJUSTIFIED SHUTTING OF WILDERNESS CAMP
(August 29, 2006) The Austin American-Statesman reported a lawsuit by the former director of Woodside Trails Therapeutic Camp against state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, currently running for Governor, and several others for a political vendetta to shut the program down through false accusations.
PING-PONG GOOD FOR BRAIN
(September 2, 2006) Dr. Daniel Amen, Founder of the Amen Clinics, discusses how the game of table tennis is good for the brain as well as for physical conditioning.
SCHOOL OWNER SETTLES ABUSE, HAZING CASE
(September 22, 2006) The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Whitmore Academy, Juab County, UT, owner Cheryl Sudweeks, entered a no-contest plea to four counts of attempted hazing, a class C misdemeanor in relation to three years of child abuse accusations. Sudweeks is barred from ever operating or being involved with another teen help program in Juab County.
LEARNING DISABILITIES MEETING HELD IN NEW JERSEY
(September 25, 2006) Tom Ewing, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 609-683-2803, in conjunction with the National Center For Learning Disabilities, hosted a two-day meeting on October 3-4, 2006, to address issues associated with the increasing numbers of students with learning disabilities. More...
PRIVATE EDUCATION SCHOOL FAIR TOURS CANADA
(September 26, 2006) Jack Ziolek, Our Kids Publications, LTD, Mississauga, ON, Canada, 905-272-1843, is holding a series of Our Kids Private Education School Fairs throughout Canada. On October 15, 2006, the Fair will be in Oakville; Toronto on October 28, 2006; and in Vancouver on November 28, 2006. More...
TEENS HELPING TEENS
(September 27, 2006) The TEENLINEOnline.org website, 800-852-8336, reports they offer teen services and resources where teens can find mentoring and support from other teens. The service was founded in 1981 to help adolescents address their problems through a confidential peer hotline and community outreach program.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS ADMIT 'NON-BELIEVERS'
(October 3, 2006) The Telegraph, a United Kingdom publication, reports that children from Christian families may be turned away from popular Church of England schools to make way for non-believers and those of other faiths under a new quota system.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES LOSING OUT TO ELECTRONICS
(October 3, 2006) The Sacramento Bee reports a study that shows teenagers interests in outdoor activities are decreasing in favor of electronic and flat screen activities.
HOMEWORK REBELLION GROWING
(October 3, 2006) The Seattle PI reported that the case claiming pre-high school students are not helped and might even be harmed by excessive homework is gaining supporters.
HARVARD COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS STUDY OF RELIGION
(October 4, 2006) A faculty committee at Harvard, looking at reforms for the core curriculum for Harvard students, recommended studies in religion along with US history and ethics. More...
ROLLING HILLS MOVES TO NEW CAMPUS
(October 5, 2006) Rolling Hills Preparatory School, Los Angeles, CA, 310-791-1101, opened its new campus in October 2006, in San Pedro, CA. Rolling Hills emphasizes a "disciplined minds, sound character and healthy bodies" philosophy and each grade, 6-12, spends one-week each year exploring a different aspect of the California wilderness. This year's Outdoor Education Program took place the week of October 16-20. More...
FLORIDA STUDENTS PAID TO "SNITCH" ON THEIR PEERS
(October 8, 2006) First Coast News, the website for channel 12, reported that in Niceville, FL, students can receive up to $500 for telling police about their peer's activities like "who keyed cars, who's got drugs and other crime information."
MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOCUSES ON AT-RISK FRESHMEN
(October 8, 2006) The Lansing State Journal reports that a school in East Lansing, MI, is attempting to prevent serious academic problems in later years by spending extra attention on Freshmen who are at-risk of not doing well in school. School officials report after one year, the number of students failing classes has dropped significantly.
BRITISH POLL BRAT CAMPS HELP
(October 16, 2006) The Guardian in the United Kingdom reported that a poll released by the National Family and Parenting Institute, found that 73% of respondents learned useful techniques from the Brat Camp and Super Nanny TV programs. They concluded that these programs have been helpful in teaching parents how to raise children.
(October 17, 2006) The JCC in Manhattan, NY, 646-505-5708, announced that Dr. Nancy Schwartz, a certified RDI Consultant, presented a Relationship Development Intervention workshop for Autistic Spectrum Disorders in New York City on October 27, 2006.
FLORIDA BOOT CAMP DEATH GOES TO TRIAL IN APRIL
(October 17, 2006) The Pensacola News Journal Online reported that the $40 million civil suit in the January 6, 2006, Florida Boot Camp death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson will go to trial April 16, 2007, in federal court in Tallahassee, FL. Anderson's parents, Robert Anderson and Gina Jones, are suing the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and Bay County Sheriff's Office.
BAD DRUG REACTIONS COMMON
(October 18, 2006) The Washington Times reported a study from several federal health care agencies and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that about 700,000 Americans go to Emergency Rooms each year for harmful reactions to some widely used medications.
SMART OR GIFTED CONFERENCE
(October 20, 2006) Jane Piirto, PhD, Trustees' Professor Director of Talent Development Education at Ashland University in Ohio, held a one-day conference on Smart or Gifted; Best Practices in Identifying the Gifted, at the Marriott Ontario Airport in Ontario, CA.