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September 16, 2010:

Listen to the children - where does the love of learning go? (3 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:44 PM

by Ellen Galinsky Many people know by now that the United States has fallen to 11th in Newsweek's list of the best countries in the world. What is interesting is that the debate about why we are losing our "oomph as a superpower" has focused in part on U.S. education. As always when we are […]

September 11, 2010:

Child's Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young (2 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 5:17 AM

At 18 months, Kyle Warren started taking a daily antipsychotic drug on the orders of a pediatrician trying to quell the boy’s severe temper tantrums. Thus began a troubled toddler’s journey from one doctor to another, from one diagnosis to another, involving even more drugs. Autism, bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, insomnia, oppositional defiant disorder. The boy’s […]

September 4, 2010:

Seniors thrive on youth's mistakes (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 5:18 PM

Older people prefer to read negative news stories about the young, possibly because it makes them feel better about themselves, a new study suggests. "The more time they spent with negative news about young people, the higher self-esteem they reported. They may get some self-esteem boost out of this," said study author Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, an […]

August 5, 2010:

ADHD and School: The Problem of Assessing Normalcy in an Abnormal Environment (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:44 PM

by Peter Gray (originally published here) According to the most authoritative recent data, approximately 8% of children in the United States, aged 4 to 17, have been diagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).[1] The same reports note that the disorder is about three times as frequent in boys as it is in girls, […]

August 4, 2010:

Freedom from Bullying: How a School Can Be a Moral Community (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:34 PM

by Peter Gray (originally published here) Many years ago, as part of my early studies of the Sudbury Valley School, I sat in on a school meeting at which the main agenda item had to do with a complaint made about a new student's clothing. A new teenaged enrollee had been coming to school wearing […]

July 24, 2010:

Complaining about a generation of spoiled kids -- again (1 Comment)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 8:19 PM

by Alfie Kohn If the subject is kids and how they're raised, it seems our culture has exactly one story to tell. Anyone who reads newspapers, magazines or blogs knows how it goes: Parents today either can't or won't set limits for their children. Instead of disciplining them, they hover and coddle and bend over […]

July 21, 2010:

American creativity is declining - and how to fix it (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 2:45 PM

The Creativity Crisis For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly […]

July 16, 2010:

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right (3 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 6:36 PM

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner. But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an […]

July 13, 2010:

"Above all, do no harm" (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 10:08 PM

by Maureen Costello Some things that happen in school are just not right. It’s not right for a six-year old boy to be handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security officer because he “acted up” in school. But that’s exactly what happened at the Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, in New Orleans, […]

June 21, 2010:

The End of the Best Friend (6 Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 3:27 AM

A Best Friend? You Must Be Kidding FROM the time they met in kindergarten until they were 15, Robin Shreeves and her friend Penny were inseparable. They rode bikes, played kickball in the street, swam all summer long and listened to Andy Gibb, the Bay City Rollers and Shaun Cassidy on the stereo. When they […]

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