The Latest in Youth Issues

Thoughts on the Parkland Tragedy

As a parent who with my wife raised three children, and as a 44 year educator, I am very sad to see another school shooting tragedy has occurred in Parkland, Florida.  This is a very tragic and traumatic event for our Country and more intensely the community of Parkland.   As a crisis team leader and trainer, my experience and…

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Helicopter Parenting: What a Stanford Dean Says Parents are Doing That’s Ruining Their Kids

What a Stanford Dean Says Parents are Doing That’s Ruining Their Kids By Elisa with Daily Crackle   This week, I sat in an auditorium with a couple hundred other parents at my daughter’s high school to hear what author and former freshman dean of Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims, had to say about an epidemic of “over parenting” and the…

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Being Thermostats to the Thermometers in our Lives

Being Thermostats to the Thermometers in our Lives Tips for talking with your kids about terrorist attacks and other traumatic events   NOTE: Following the September 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks, long-time elementary school counselor and author, Leann Hanshaw (author or our best selling Seymour the Seal™ and Sealed with™. . . lifeskills storybooks), has been called upon to assist many…

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30 Ways Mayors & Local Government Can Promote Good Character

30 Ways Mayors & Local Government Can Promote Good Character By Tom Lickona, Director; Center for the 4th and 5th R’s   1. Join an organization that promotes character, e.g., Character Counts Coalition (310-306-1868) or Character Education Partnership (800-988-8081). 2. Issue a Mayor’s/City Council Proclamation endorsing the target character traits and encouraging all employees and citizens to model and promote…

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21 Strategies to Help Your Child Develop Good Character

21 Strategies to Help Your Child Develop Good Character By Dr. Helen R. LeGette, published by Character Development Publishers   1. Model good character in the home. As William Bennett observes in The Book of Virtues, ‘there is nothing more influential, more determinant in a child’s life than the moral power of a quiet example.’ It is critically important that those…

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10 Good Reasons for Character Education

10 Good Reasons for Character Education From: Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility by Tom Lickona   1.  There is a clear and urgent need. Young people are in need of moral and spiritual renewal. 2.  Transmitting values is the responsibility of civilization.  A society needs values education both to survive and to thrive. 3. …

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How to help children cope with traumatic events

How to help children cope with traumatic events Tips for parents, educators, and other concerned adults The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Family Involvement provides the following tips for parents, educators, and other concerned adults who are speaking with children and students about coping in light of the terrorist attacks. For more information, contact the Office…

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Teaching Character Through Real Heroes

Teaching Character Through Real Heroes A character model for children By Dr. Dennis Denenberg, Lecturer and Author This is an article that was printed in The Fourth and Fifth Rs:  Respect and Responsibility, Volume 10, Issue 2, Winter 2004: Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, School of Education, Cortland, NY  www.cortland.edu/c4n5rs   Wonder Woman vs. Rosa Parks.  Batman vs. Thomas Edison. …

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The Boy Who Was Swallowed by the Drug Monster

The Boy Who Was Swallowed by the Drug Monster An update on the life of Vince, the boy referred to in the video The Boy Who Was Swallowed by the Drug Monster is a video that was published by National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI) and Sue Pettit Jackson. Sue wrote and narrated the video about her son’s drug problem….

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Helping Kids–And Adults–Take Responsibility For Their Own Character

Helping Kids–And Adults–Take Responsibility For Their Own Character By Tom Lickona, Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs This is an article that was printed in The Fourth and Fifth Rs: Respect and Responsibility, Volume 10, Issue 2, Winter 2004. (Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, School of Education, Cortland, NY  13045  www.cortland.edu/c4n5rs To ensure continual growth in the…

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Childhood Obesity: A Food and Nutrition Resource List for Educators

Childhood Obesity: A Food and Nutrition Resource List for Educators Food and Nutrition Information Center National Agricultural Library/USDA 10301 Baltimore Blvd., Room 105 Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 The Food and Nutrition Information Center – a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.To…

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Developing Performance Character and Moral Character in Youth

Developing Performance Character and Moral Character in Youth By Dr. Matt Davidson, Research Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs This is an article that was printed in The Fourth and Fifth Rs: Respect and Responsibility, Volume 10, Issue 2, Winter 2004.  (Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, School of Education, Cortland, NY  13045  www.cortland.edu/c4n5rs A person of character…

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