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June 5, 2010:

'Helicopter' Parents Have Neurotic Kids, Study Suggests (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 12:45 AM

Source (http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100603/sc_livescience/helicopterparentshaveneurotickidsstudysuggests)

BOSTON - Overly protective parents might be leaving a lasting impact on their child's personality, and not in a good way, a new study finds.
The results show...

May 12, 2010:

School Bullying: A Tragic Cost of Forced Schooling and Autocratic School Governance (9 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:52 PM

by Peter Gray Let's say you are 15 years old, or 13, or 11, and for some reason--a reason over which you have no control--you have been singled out by your schoolmates as an object for scorn and humiliation. Every day at school, for you, is another day in hell. You are called "whore," "bitch," […]

May 9, 2010:

Structure of schools contributes to bullying (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 7:11 PM

by Laurie A. Couture I think it is a denial fantasy that the relentless verbal abuse that used to pound through the hallways of the Exeter Area Junior High in 1987 and 1988 have magically disappeared in 2010 at Cooperative Middle School. It's the same school, same hierarchical institution, same oppressive school rules, just in […]

April 20, 2010:

Philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade (1 Comment)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 4:26 PM

A few times each month, second graders at a charter school in Springfield, Mass., take time from math and reading to engage in philosophical debate. There is no mention of Hegel or Descartes, no study of syllogism or solipsism. Instead, Prof. Thomas E. Wartenberg and his undergraduate students from nearby Mount Holyoke College use classic […]

April 18, 2010:

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 7:12 PM

Disciplining young children is one of the key jobs of any parent - most people would have no trouble agreeing with that. But whether or not that discipline should include spanking or other forms of corporal punishment is a far trickier issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not endorse spanking for any reason, […]

April 7, 2010:

High School's 'new girl,' driven to suicide by teenage cyber bullies (5 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 10:32 PM

Nine Massachusetts teenagers were indicted Monday for driving a pretty 15-year-old "new girl" from Ireland to suicide in a case that has become a symbol of high school and online bullying. The sweeping charges - which come after months of complaints that the bullies weren't being punished - include statutory rape, violation of civil rights […]

March 25, 2010:

Fear of youth is worse than ever, says says psychologist and TV presenter Tanya Byron (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:18 AM

'We see children as pestilent' Adults are suffering from ephebiphobia - fear of young people - says psychologist and TV presenter Tanya Byron, and it is destroying a generation's chances. We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no […]

March 23, 2010:

Mom and dad, stop stifling me – it's damaging my brain (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 6:53 PM

Overprotective parents inhibit more than their kids' freedom: they may also slow brain growth in an area linked to mental illness. Children whose parents are overprotective or neglectful are believed to be more susceptible to psychiatric disorders – which in turn are associated with defects in part of the prefrontal cortex. To investigate the link, […]

March 22, 2010:

Quit it with the teen trashing (in honour of teens who like using technology) (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:55 AM

by Tabatha Southey At first I was only mildly bothered by an editorial cartoon that appeared in this paper on Monday. The cartoon showed four loutish, slovenly adolescents, three of whom were saying "Whadda you wanna do?" or "I dunno, whadda you wanna do?" and then there was a final teenager saying, "Something sedentary and […]

March 20, 2010:

Seen Not Heard: How obscure security makes school suck (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:37 PM

By James Stephenson I graduated from Virginia's public schooling system two years ago, but my memories of it are fresh. After all, my little sister is still there. Being a kid today sucks. I couldn't tell you if it sucks more or less than other generations because I wasn't a part of them. But I […]

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