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The Unintended Consequences of Academic Pressure

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I don’t have to tell you that the pressure to “make the grade” is greater in our society today than it’s ever been. For some strange reason, American adults have chosen to give one, single evaluation to our students of their worth…and it’s an academic report card. In our…

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The Rise of Teen Burner Phones and What to Do About Them

20shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Mike and Kelly have three teenagers: Audrey, Kaley and Ben. They are a normal, American family in many ways—including arguments over cell phones. Every night, there’s some debate over inappropriate use of a portable device. In fact, one of the biggest conflicts surrounds the fact that Mike and Kelly…

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An Innovative Solution to Bad Behavior: Reverse Suspensions

11shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Parents listen up! One middle school in West Virginia just created an alternative to traditional school suspensions for students. Administrators at Huntington East Middle School introduced a new disciplinary response to bad behavior that seems to be working. You won’t believe what it is. For non-violent, non-verbally abusive behavior,…

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Quality Time or Quantity Time with Your Kids?

17shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Earlier this month, the ABC network aired a special called “ScreenTime” hosted by Diane Sawyer. For six months, Sawyer and her team toured the U.S. talking to doctors, families, teachers and tech insiders in pursuit of answers to questions about how our smart phones are affecting us.  What they…

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What to Do with a Distracted Generation

20shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Eleven years ago, I remember speaking to a large auditorium of university students. Social media had just arrived on the scene, so students were becoming distracted by their smart phones. As I stood to the side of the auditorium, I observed students reading magazines, staring down at their phones,…

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Three Ways to Relieve Teen Anxiety Today

61shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn The rise in anxiety, depression and panic attacks in our students today should give every one of us pause. It is astoundingly high. Anxiety and depression in high school kids have been on the rise since the early 2000s after several years of plateau. It is a reality that…

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What Short-Term Thinking Does to Our Kids

18shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Have you read the latest updates on the largest college admissions bribery scandal in our history?  The original story was—at least 50 parents paid bribes to get their children admitted into prestigious universities, like Stanford, Yale, UCLA, Wake Forest, USC and others. It was an atrocious attempt by parents…

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