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Poor, but Privileged. When Tony Jack started his freshman year at Amherst College in 2003, something seemed off.

Poor, but Privileged

He looked around and saw a diverse group of students, but unlike him, none seemed poor. They talked about study abroad programs and boarding schools like Andover and Groton. Back at home, in Miami, summer was just a season. At Amherst, he quickly learned, it was also a verb. “I kept asking myself, am I really the only poor black person here?” What Teens Need Most From Their Parents - WSJ. The teenage years can be mystifying for parents.

What Teens Need Most From Their Parents - WSJ

Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks. A flood of new research offers explanations for some of these mysteries. Brain imaging adds another kind of data that can help test hypotheses and corroborate teens’ own accounts of their behavior and emotions. Dozens of recent multiyear studies have traced adolescent development through time, rather than comparing sets of adolescents at a single point. Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up.

The Best Tips for Spotting Fake News in the Age of Trump. In this op-ed, William Colglazier — an AP US History teacher from California who is teaching his students how to spot fake news — explains how we can do the same.

The Best Tips for Spotting Fake News in the Age of Trump

Wait, what?! Did you hear? The days of saying the Pledge of Allegiance are gone! Check it out… Now the question is, would you click Post to Facebook? Source: Dr Laura Markham. Teen Boys & Gaming: The 10 Agreements for Healthy Balance. Recently a mum of 15-year-old boy came up and asked me a frequently asked question: “how do I know if my son’s gaming habits are too much or harmful?”

Teen Boys & Gaming: The 10 Agreements for Healthy Balance

Let’s start with a common-sense statement: gaming per se is a lot less harmful than risk-taking behaviours that many teens pursue like using alcohol, illegal or legal drugs, driving like hoons, porn-driven sexual behaviour, delinquency or smoking. However the sensitive window of brain changes in early to mid adolescence up to 17 years of age means that teens are particularly susceptible to becoming addicted to anything in which they invest a lot of time and energy.

This is because the brain creates an abundance of dendrites to ensure that a teen can learn fast. On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate. Jane Andraka has raised two remarkable sons.

On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate

Luke, age 20, is studying electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. “He was always tinkering and taking things apart — wondering how they worked, wondering how they could be made better. He had ideas coming out of his brain like a firehose,” she says. Meanwhile, Jack, age 18, is a teen innovator and scientist who gained international attention when, three years ago, he created a promising method of early cancer detection. In a talk at TED2013 that’s been viewed nearly 4 million times, Jack Andraka shared the story behind the four-cent strip of paper that appears to be 400 times more sensitive in detecting pancreatic cancer than the previous standard — and that could work for ovarian and lung cancer too. Tools to Do The Work. Six Ways To Help Your Teenager Get A Job.

Whether it’s a few hours after school or a steady gig for the summer, a part-time job can teach your teen enormous lessons about responsibility, different personality types, and workplace skills—not to mention the extra cash in their pockets.

Six Ways To Help Your Teenager Get A Job

And the benefits may extend beyond job readiness and economics. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management found that low-income students who participated in the New York City Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides training and summer jobs for young people ages 14 to 21, were more engaged and successful in school. "If your child is mature enough to get to a job on time and keep showing up and is ready for some added responsibility, a part-time job can be a good idea," says Brette Sember, JD, author of The Everything Kids' Money Book.

If you think your teen is ready for the challenge, here are some steps to ensure you help them find the right job and get the most out of it. Learn Self-Control Through Science. 92% of Americans routinely fail their New Year's resolutions.

Learn Self-Control Through Science

It’s a large rate of failure, and much of it is due to a lack of effective self-control strategies. “The most important scientific discovery about self-control is that it can be taught.” - Walter Mischel, psychologist The rest of this article explains 5 science-backed strategies for self-control. A Big Ideas video series on Growth Mindset.

Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This. Want to Raise Successful Kids? A Former Stanford Dean Says Please Stop Doing ... (Author's Note: This article is one of three in a series.

Want to Raise Successful Kids? A Former Stanford Dean Says Please Stop Doing ...

If you find it interesting, the others are about Mark Zuckerberg's father's advice on raising entrepreneurial kids, and a Navy SEAL's advice on raising kids to be resilient.) If there's one thing many parents want more than to lead happy, successful lives, it's to make sure their kids lead happy, successful lives. Want to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids? Mark Zuckerberg's Dad Says Do These Things. Why People Skills are Important. People skills are important from a very young age and become increasingly necessary as you get older.

Why People Skills are Important

Every aspect of life—including making friends, finding a job and enjoying a successful relationship—depends greatly upon your ability to get along with others and present a positive image of yourself. Relationships with friends, significant others, bosses and employees are built upon social skills. Children begin to develop social skills at a young age from observing and interacting with their parents, siblings and peers. Failure to assimilate to social situations on a basic level by age 6 can indicate that a child will have difficulty through adulthood, according to studies summarized by AtHealth.com. Social problems early in life can make it difficult for children to make friends, which can then lead to deepening exclusion throughout school. Intrapersonal skills maintain their significance throughout any career, especially in managerial positions. Parent Resources - Tragic Events.

Some Scary, Confusing Images The way that news is presented on television can be quite confusing for a young child.

Parent Resources - Tragic Events

The same video segment may be shown over and over again through the day, as if each showing was a different event. Someone who has died turns up alive and then dies again and again. 10 Tips for talking to your kids about terrorism from a pediatric mental heal... Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape : NPR Ed. Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning. Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich's presidential campaign.

But ask Kim De Costa and she'll say there isn't anything radical about asking students to clean up after themselves. 15 Classrooms Around the World. 7 Reasons Your Wife Is Stressed Out All the Time  Many men come into my office complaining about their wife acting so stressed out all the time. And sometimes the words they use are not that nice. Basically, many husbands want to know: "My wife and I both work, but when I get home, it's not like a fire drill for me. For her, though, it's like the end of the world if we don't stay on schedule, if the dishes are in the sink, if we eat late or the kids are playing for a few minutes instead of brushing their teeth. Building Competence through Chores > CHADD - Nationally recognized authority on ADHD. The Joy of a Job Well Done: Building Competence through Chores by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD MANY YEARS AGO, MY FAMILY AND I SPENT A FEW DAYS at a bed-and-breakfast on a working dairy farm.

Our three-year-old son rose way too early, and we went down to the dining room with bleary eyes for some coffee and breakfast. Polite and upbeat even at that early hour, our server Anna greeted us. We soon learned that Anna was the sixteen-year-old daughter of the owners of the farm. Anna took our order, and once she had placed the food on the table, asked, "Is there anything else you need?

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Grit, Not IQ. ADHD. Books for Kids. Best Commencement Speeches. Finance Workshop. How to Talk to Kids. The 8 Secrets of Dutch Kids, the Happiest Kids in the World - Finding Dutchland. According to Unicef’s most recent Child Well Being in Rich Countries survey, Dutch kids ranked as the happiest kids in the world. Dutch kids led the way in three out of the five categories, namely- material well being, educational well being, and behavior and risks. Unicef Germany isn’t the first research organization to come to this conclusion. Surveys conducted by Britain’s Child Poverty Action Group, the World Health Organization, and Unicef International have all reached unanimous conclusions as to the happy state of Dutch children. How can I become part of the 1%? Talks from inspiring teachers.

The Trouble With Bright Girls. Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely underestimated, underutilized, and even underpaid. Studies show that women need to perform at extraordinarily high levels, just to appear moderately competent compared to our male coworkers. Raising a Moral Child. Photo. 10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)  When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. The Rules. Dog ETA: 3 Quick Ways to Assess Friendliness. How can I make the best use of a before-tax $70000 salary a year as a 23 year old? How to Raise Happy Kids: 10 Steps Backed by Science. How cultures around the world think about parenting. Cebu kid inspires netizens. (UPDATED) Under the lights of a nearby fast food restaurant, the young boy diligently works on his homework.

EarBeater - Ear Training for Musicians. The One Conversation That Could Save Your Teen’s Life (and Your Own) Cal lecturer's email to students goes viral: "Why I am not canceling class tomorrow" 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders. Age-Appropriate Chores for Children. Don't Call My Daughter 'Shy' Playing with Your Child: Games for Connection and Emotional Intelligence. My Rules for My Kids: Eat Your Vegetables; Don't Blame the Teacher.