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Smartphone Addiction is Not Just an Imagined Condition

Smartphone Addiction is as Real and Serious as Cancer, No Joke by Jeff Rogers “The very first thing every morning, and the last thing every night.”  --Dean Martin My friends joke about their phone being the least used app on their smartphone. But it’s becoming more and more true every day. Surveys report that upwards of 80% of the time spent on cell phones still involves using the actual phone, bu...

Trauma-Sensitive Schools for All Students

Not ‘What’ Schools are For, but ‘Who’ by Jeff Rogers "Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you'll know by." --Crosby, Stills and Nash ACEs Put Kids in a Hole…a Deep, Deep Hole More than occasional witness: mom being punched and kicked in the stomach by a boyfriend, dad plunging a needle into a bulging vein on his...

School Leadership and the Importance of Truly Professional Relationships

School Principals are No Longer “The Boss,” but Now the “Stirrers of the Sauce” by Jeff Rogers “One part trust, one part admiration, one part compassion… and we hold the spoon, we’re the stirrers of the sauce”—J Alan R Early School Leaders I was most certainly not among this country’s early school leaders, having only started administrating in the late 19...

Homeless Children and What Schools Must Do

No Child Should Ever Be Homeless…Ever! by Jeff Rogers “Bless the beasts and the children Give them shelter from the storm Keep them safe, keep them warm.” --sung by The Carpenters, Homeless in Salinas “Stop!” yelled my front-seat passenger, as I slammed on the brakes, throwing us both up onto the dash. Wondering “what the hell?” and searching her eyes for some kind of good reason for...

It's High Time to Finally Talk About the Big Elephant in U.S. Classrooms

They Shoot Crazed Elephants, Don't They?            by Jeff Rogers   “I bought my friend an elephant for his room. He said thank you. I said, “Don’t mention it.” --anonymous pun There’s a really, really, really big elephant standing in the way of student achievement in U.S. schools, and practically no one is talking about it. No pun on a pun in...

NASA Space Heroes, the Vietnam War, and School Shootings...All Fodder for Desensitization

Comfortably Numb: The Desensitization of Americans About School Shootings           by Jeff Rogers Once Upon a Time "To infinity and beyond!" --Buzz Lightyear Once upon a time, everyone knew America’s first astronauts. The Right Stuff legends were household names: John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Gus Grissom and Deke Slayton.  They were our heroes. Ask a...

Teens, Negative Body Image, and School

Negative Body Image: Do We Do Near Enough in Schools? by Jeff Rogers I was always the smallest kid in school through my junior year. I was born 2-months premature, weighing in at a strapping 3 pounds, and stretching to a gangly 12-inches. Finding a desk small enough for me to climb in and out of in elementary school was always a challenge. My 5th-grade teacher nicknamed me “marmoset” in front of the principal and all my cl...

A Death Sentence for High School Sports

Kill High School Sports? Are You Criminal? by Jeff Rogers “Take me out to the ballgame,” has a totally different meaning when it becomes “Take the ballgame out of me,” and the repercussions could well be fatal. Making the Case In 2012, for Forbes, Bob Cook wrote “Ex-College Coach Explains Why High School Sports Should Die.” In 2013, for The Atlantic, Amanda Ripley wrote “The Case Again...