Posts Tagged mental health

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’s […]

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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 workers […]

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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 in […]

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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.  […]

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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, the […]

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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 wound […]

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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 should […]

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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 in […]

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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.”  — On […]

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2014, When All Kids’ Performance Were Supposed To Be Equal

Published by EducationNews.org — I wish America could see how mean it is to its kids. In January 2002, the worker bees were settling into their jobs at the Rhode Island Department of Education after the Christmas break.  I was sniffing around for stories and ran into Dr. Dennis Cheek, the head of research, who was […]

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