What do we want a justice system to accomplish?

The modern judicial system and restorative justice (RJ) both aim to support public peace and safety. But their methods have radically different outcomes. For a quick orientation, check out YRP’s side-by-side comparison. For a deeper understanding of distinctions, let’s start with a brief look at the beginnings of modern RJ. Originating in tribal circles, RJ hasContinue reading “What do we want a justice system to accomplish?”

Online Interactions Are Cultivating Anti-Social Boys

Published by EducationNews.org — How do we help a kid whose social life is mainly with his screens? The boy shrugs off a question for maybe the 10th time that afternoon.  He seems incapable of simple human interaction.  Mom tries to talk for him as he wriggles and writhes at the table in her impeccable kitchen.  No, she’sContinue reading “Online Interactions Are Cultivating Anti-Social Boys”

San Antonio’s Restoration Center Weaves a Social-Support Fabric

Published by EducationNews.org — It can be done:  a coherent and effective system for dealing with mental illness. Back in the 1970s, Leon Evans became the director of a community mental health center in San Antonio, Texas.  A social worker by training, Evans knew how to manage organizations that deal with mental illness, keeping afloat often-stressed frontline workersContinue reading “San Antonio’s Restoration Center Weaves a Social-Support Fabric”

Mental Health Does Not Mean Mental Illness

Published by EducationNews.org — Why the paucity of information about maintaining good mental health? I’m sure the ex-Congressman Patrick Kennedy had little to do with the copywriting for his new website, One Mind.  But I wish he’d read it more closely.  Kennedy has done great service lending his celebrity to advocating for the mentally ill inContinue reading “Mental Health Does Not Mean Mental Illness”

Why the Every Student Succeeds Act Will Never Work

Published by EducationNews.org — Can we really expect education to improve while the mental health of the students continues to deteriorate? Given the battlefield that is our current Congress, congratulations to them are in order for agreeing on anything.  Together, miraculously, they revamped the old 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  NCLB was loathed from the get-go. Continue reading “Why the Every Student Succeeds Act Will Never Work”

ADHD Overdiagnosis, Prescriptions a Mental Health Crisis

Published by EducationNews.org — For behavioral issues, drugs should be a last resort — especially for kids. In the early part of the 20th century, a pediatrician identified what he called “an abnormal defect of moral control in children.” This described kids who had challenging behaviors, but were otherwise intelligent and normal.  Later in the 1950s, theContinue reading “ADHD Overdiagnosis, Prescriptions a Mental Health Crisis”

The Justice System Can’t Ignore Mental Health

Published by EducationNews.org — We need to understand each other’s stories for justice to get done. Chief Judge Pamela Williams, Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia A woman we’ll call Jane embezzled money from her company. She’d been feeding a nasty gambling habit and her boss figured it out.  She was arrested, jailed, and woundContinue reading “The Justice System Can’t Ignore Mental Health”

Three Reasons American Kids Suffer from Depression

Published by EducationNews.org — A kid can’t succeed if she’s already telling herself she’s a full-on loser. As America wrestles with improving its lackluster schools, we need to stop asking:  How do we win the international test score competitions?  We’ve taken that pursuit absolutely as far as we can go, and it’s not working.  The question shouldContinue reading “Three Reasons American Kids Suffer from Depression”

5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma

Published by EducationNews.org — Kids will only care about how their behavior affects others when they feel cared for themselves. Out there — in schools, playgrounds, pediatricians’ offices, neighborhoods and summer camps — are traumatized kids.  Some have witnessed violence in the home, suffered the death of a parent or loved one, lost their home inContinue reading “5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma”

The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom

Published by EducationNews.org — “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker A 2013 review of the literature published by Behavior Sciences concludes that boredom motivates a desire for change, new goals, experiences and pursuits.  “Boredom increases opportunities to attain social, cognitive, emotional and experiential stimulation that could have been missed.”  — OnContinue reading “The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom”