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Issues Facing Parents of Teens

November 30, 2010

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I had the privilege of being on a panel for parents of TKA today, and I took copious notes from my co-panelists, as they were brilliant! While I hope that my contributions were of help, I am sincerely positive that their contributions were invaluable. It was a blessing to learn from them. In addition, I understand that […]

Stress: Portrait of a Killer | Notes & Review

November 21, 2010

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http://www.pbs.org/stress/. http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Stress-Portrait-Killer/dp/B001D7T460 Available on Instant for Netflix. While stress is a natural response, we humans are unable to turn it off. This keeps us wallowing in a corrosive bath of hormones. After a while, the stress response is more damaging than the actual stressor itself. Hierarchy, a social construct, is a key factor in how […]

The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book | Notes & Review

November 21, 2010

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Paul Falcone. The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book. Amacom, 2002. The premises we’ve used are simple: Everyone wants to make a positive difference at work. People want to be treated with dignity and respect. People will respond in kind: They will assume responsibility for their actions when they are treated as adults and […]

Why Youth Are Devalued in American Culture

November 20, 2010

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I’ve been working with youth in various capacities for about 20 years. Throughout that time, it has baffled me why our culture has neglected to see youth & children of the highest importance and value. After years of this–what I’ll call a “cultural incongruity “–I would like to journal some of the reasons why I […]

Waiting For Superman | Notes & Review

November 20, 2010

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Two films on American education are playing this month: Waiting for Superman, and Race To Nowhere. I saw Superman today (Race is not available in our area right now). [UPDATE 2010-12-02: “Race” post.] I sat in a theater with 4 people today to watch Superman. Though it was 4:30pm on a Friday, it was a picture […]

What Darwin Never Knew | Notes & Review

November 20, 2010

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NOVA Production, December 29, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/darwin-never-knew.html. Based on the books: Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Making of the Fittest by Sean Carroll. While Darwin’s idea was brilliant, there was one big problem: How does evolution actually work? Science is uncovering answers to this question, and ultimately the question of what makes us human. There […]

China’s Lost Girls | Notes & Review

November 10, 2010

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National Geographic, 2005 Lucy Ling follows a group of American families to China and captures the key moments of their adoption process illuminating the unforeseen effects of China’s one-child policy coupled with ancient traditions and social constructs along the way. Some of them being, prioritization of boys as they are the parents’ “social security.” prioritization […]