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The wise support system in domestic violence rescue efforts

A lot has been written about domestic violence, the cycles that keep people in violent relationships and how to get out of them. The commentary focuses on the role of substance abuse, the role of personality disorders and a cycle of conflict that ends with the exchange of a “never again” promise. Wash, rinse, repeat. A lot has been written about domestic violence, the cycles that keep people in violent relationships an...

Autism and Research on What Causes It

The Autism Epidemic and the Race for a Cure Autism Shouts One of my autistic students smashed a classmate’s calculator in a fit of rage about making too much noise. Part of his consequence was to go to the store with the school principal and buy a new one. He went to the electronics aisle, picked out a calculator most like his classmate’s, and proceeded to the checkout line to pay. While waiting in line for the cash...

Smartphone Addiction is Not Just an Imagined Condition

Smartphone Addiction is as Real and Serious as Cancer, No Joke “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, but with the onsla...

Trauma-Sensitive Schools for All Students

Not ‘What’ Schools are For, but ‘Who’ "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 arm, a BFF shot...

Homeless Children and What Schools Must Do

No Child Should Ever Be Homeless…Ever! “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 such an abrupt ...

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

They Shoot Crazed Elephants, Don't They? “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 intended, but that elephant’s appetite for true student success grows more and mo...

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

Comfortably Numb: The Desensitization of Americans About School Shootings 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 anyone growing up in the early sixties and they can tell you Alan Shepar...

Teens, Negative Body Image, and School

Negative Body Image: Do We Do Near Enough in Schools? 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 classmates. That m...

A Death Sentence for High School Sports

Kill High School Sports? Are You Criminal? “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 Against High School S...