Teens & Tweens

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...

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...

Caregivers: Who's There for Them When They Need Someone?

Caregivers: Who's There for Them When They Need Someone?           by Jeff Rogers I taught in classrooms and administrated entire schools for more than 3-decades, and I can say that no one was there for me when I experienced my first student who used a gun on campus. No one was there for me when I experienced my first parent threaten to kill me. No one was there when I experienced my first student suicide...

Our Justice System is Failing Teens of Color But One Alternative-to-Jail Program Seems to Have an Answer

 Here in America, we have a serious issue with how we treat our nation's troubled youth. More specifically, we have a serious problem with how our judicial courts perceive, alienate, and fail to "rehabilitate" millions of minor, juvenile offenders - especially when it comes to teens of color.  Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Our Youth When it comes to America's judiciary system, troubled adolescents and non-white ...

Ghosts of Education Past Hurts More than Tiny Tim

Ghosts of Education Past Hurts More than Tiny Tim           by Jeff Rogers Is the traditional approach to schooling, classrooms filled with desks and teachers talking up front, no longer working? Are the ghosts of education past actually hurting, rather than helping today's students? There is a growing number of educators worldwide who would say yes, yes, yes…and that we are in serious need of a...

Clean Slate Giving in School Discipline Efforts

Got to Have a Clean Slate Baby                 by Jeff Rogers  I got to have a clean slate baby, I’m goin’ to wipe away all my mistakes -Tower of Power When looking back over your life, or even a season, have you ever even once wished you could start over, and do it all over again.  Most all of us have, at one time or many others....