Friday, August 10th, 2012
While cramming your child’s backpack with freshly sharpened pencils, unopened glue sticks, and clean notebooks in preparation for the starting school year, you can’t help but be giddy thinking of all the potential knowledge and useful life skills he’s going to gain soon. Meanwhile, he’s squirming in anticipation (and maybe anxiety) at the thought of new friendships, test prep, and recess.
However, the rest of the country isn’t up to par on education enthusiasm; a recent poll found that confidence in U.S. schools is at a new low. According to the survey, only 29 percent of Americans expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in our public schools. A startling 30 percent said they have very little or no confidence in public schools at all.
Why such a gloomy outlook? It could be because of new reports that find the U.S. education system has ineffectively prepared kids for economic prosperity and global competition. Or, perhaps, the fact that general dissatisfaction in U.S. institutions is a common theme as of late, according to recent Gallup polls.
To guarantee your kid is getting the most out of his school year, take a peek behind the schoolhouse doors and into the minds of the real crusaders of classroom victory: teachers and school staff. Their confidential pearls of wisdom will pave the way to academic excellence — for students and parents.
Image: Portrait of a dreaming schoolboy in a classroom via Shutterstock
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Alienated youths are more likely to lash out: Researchers in the Netherlands found that some children are more likely than others to lash out in response to acute peer rejection: children who already feel like outcasts. [Medical News Today]
Education program developed for preventing antisocial behavior in 3-year-old children:
University of Granada researchers have developed a pioneer intervention program aimed at 3-year-old children that helps in preventing antisocial behavior in adulthood. In its first year of implementation, the program – named Aprender a convivir – achieved that 90% of participating children interacted more actively with their peers, and that 86% reduced symptoms such as anxiety/depression, somatization, poor emotional reactivity, shyness, and social isolation. [Medical News Today]
Young people with mental health problems at risk of falling through ‘gap’ in care services: Many young people with mental health problems are at risk of falling through a huge gap in provision when they move from adolescent to adult care services, according to new research from the University of Warwick. [Science Daily]
Taking time: Children pay price for underemployment: Crazy work schedules, children in need of tutoring, and dinner in need of cooking, all plague the overworked and underemployed parent of today. In searching to find balance among their work schedules, financial obligations and family, many underemployed parents must juggle these responsibilities and find time for their children. [Anniston Star]
Mammography, vaccines still raise questions in consumers’ minds: “One from Norway found a much smaller effect of mammography than earlier studies, even among older women who usually benefit more. Authors say mammography may reduce the breast cancer death rate by only 2 percent. Another study from Denmark found mammography screening had no effect in reducing breast cancer deaths. A third study out of Sweden is the most relevant to the U.S. debate over mammography for women under 50. It concludes that regular screening reduces breast cancer deaths by as much as 29 percent – nearly twice as much as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force calculates. So mammography studies are still all over the place” (Knox, 10/11). [Medical News Today]
Categories: Behavior, GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, News, Your Child | Tags: Aprender a convivir, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, statistics, studies, Sweden, U.S., U.S. Preventative Services, University of Granada, University of Warwick