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|Author by||: Robert D. Putnam|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research. “A truly masterful volume” (Financial Times), Our Kids provides a disturbing account of the American dream that is “thoughtful and persuasive” (The Economist). Our Kids offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence: “No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity” (The New York Times Book Review).
|Author by||: Danny Silk|
|Editor||: Destiny Image Publishers|
Here is a fresh look at the age-old role of parenting.Loving Our Kids on Purpose brings the principles of the Kingdom of God and revival into our strategy as parents. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us that Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Most parenting approaches train children to learn to accept being controlled by well meaning parents and adults. Unfortunately, God is not going to control us as we gain independence from our parents.We must learn to control ourselves.This book will teach parents to train their children to manage their freedoms and protect their important heart to heart relationships.
|Author by||: Charles Ungerleider|
|Editor||: McClelland & Stewart Limited|
Our public schools are in danger of collapse, and if they do, we will all pay the price Healthy public schools are essential for a healthy economy and creating informed citizens. But we are neglecting our schools in a perversely malicious way: making impossible demands on them, strangling them financially, creating trivial changes for the sake of ideology, avoiding necessary changes, and just plain ignoring them. In this forcefully argued and convincing book, education expert Charles Ungerleider makes our situation plain. Canadians have never placed a higher value on education, but if we do not do something about public schools now, we may lose the benefits that they provide and miss the opportunity to fix them. Drawing on the latest research and using examples from across the country, Ungerleider describes what's right and what's wrong about our public schools system and provides solutions for making them a lot better. He looks at the conflict between “traditional” and “progressive” approaches to education. He argues that the public school curriculum has become bloated, fragmented, and mired in trivia. He examines the effects of the changing family and the influence on children of television, the Internet, video games, and their peers. He discusses the work of teachers and teachers' unions, the changes in public school finance and governance, and the issue of accountability. And he takes on the issue of school choice and competition, where, more than anywhere else, rhetoric prevails over reason. From the Hardcover edition.
|Author by||: Heidy Pemsl LaFleur|
Based on a true story of trauma, Heidy LaFleur shares that kids who have been traumatized, those who are misunderstood and those who take frequent detours from what's expected need compassionate, empathetic and loving adults supporting them.Often, as educators & parents, we receive little guidance when working with special needs, distracted kids, mental illness, emotional stress, behavioral deficiencies, trauma and dysregulated children. Heidy hears you, she's got you & she will help you. This book was created for you...the teacher, mentor, parent, social worker, counselor, occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical therapist, media specialist, librarian, paraprofessional, security guard, administrator, dean, custodian, lunch staff, office staff and any other title that influences kids on a daily basis. As a teacher, assistant principal, principal and mother Heidy has had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the most unforgettable teachers and providers in the school community. They all had several things in common. Kids loved them, gravitated to them and would do anything for them. They always had a smile on their faces (even on a bad day), were a part of every solution and enjoyed their interactions with all kids, even Those Kids. They sought out students' interests, planned according to their needs and celebrated their accomplishments. They instilled hope, love and kindness in the classroom. They raised scores and grew students academically and socially because they cared first about relationships and second about rigor of the curriculum. Their Actions, Words and Expressions (AWE) put air in kids' balloons and helped them soar. Building a strong environment with a foundation of social emotional well-being is what helps kids know they matter. For what we model for children is what they will produce. They get one chance and we get to help shape their stories. What a beautiful opportunity.
|Author by||: Nicholas Kardaras|
|Editor||: St. Martin's Press|
We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends' houses—and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces—the Glow Kids—are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids—a form of interactive educational tool. Don’t believe it. In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology—more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity—has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can. Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a "quiz" for parents in the back of the book.
|Author by||: Diane Tavenner|
"Diane Tavenner, founder of Summit Public Schools, offers a blueprint for a better way to educate our children, based on the revolutionary lessons, insights, and methodology she and her faculty developed over 15 years at their famously successful charter schools in California and Washington, which she is now introducing to public school systems across the country that Summit is partnering with to transform education and better prepare our children to lead fulfilled and successful lives. Diane Tavenner founded the first Summit charter school in 2003, developing and perfecting a personalized, project-based curriculum that puts students in charge of their own learning. The school developed a learning plan for every student. They engaged the students by appealing to them with interdisciplinary, real-world projects, rather than passively learning and memorizing in a classroom environment. They created mentorship groups, where students would talk through their goals and help each other solve problems, as well as meet one-on-one with their mentor, weekly. By internalizing a sense of purpose, self-direction, self-sufficiency, and collaboration, students learn the cognitive and life skills needed to navigate the next phases of their lives. Virtually 100% of Summit's original 400 students went on to attend four year colleges"--
|Author by||: Dave Grossman,Gloria Degaetano|
A retired lieutenant colonel and the founder of the Parent Coaching institute join forces to make the case that violence in media and games conditions children to take it for granted as an acceptable part of life and trains them to be successful instigators of violence. Original.
|Author by||: Jennifer S. Miller|
|Editor||: Fair Winds Press|
Confident Parents, Confident Kids lays out an approach for helping parents—and the kids they love—hone their emotional intelligence so that they can make wise choices, connect and communicate well with others (even when patience is thin), and become socially conscious and confident human beings. How do we raise a happy, confident kid? And how can we be confident that our parenting is preparing our child for success? Our confidence develops from understanding and having a mastery over our emotions (aka emotional intelligence)—and helping our children do the same. Like learning to play a musical instrument, we can fine-tune our ability to skillfully react to those crazy, wonderful, big feelings that naturally arise from our child’s constant growth and changes, moving from chaos to harmony. We want our children to trust that they can conquer any challenge with hard work and persistence; that they can love boundlessly; that they will find their unique sense of purpose; and they will act wisely in a complex world. This book shows you how. With author and educator Jennifer Miller as your supportive guide, you'll learn: the lies we’ve been told about emotions, how they shape our choices, and how we can reshape our parenting decisions in better alignment with our deepest values. how to identify the temperaments your child was born with so you can support those tendencies rather than fight them. how to align your biggest hopes and dreams for your kids with specific skills that can be practiced, along with new research to support those powerful connections. about each age and stage your child goes through and the range of learning opportunities available. how to identify and manage those big emotions (that only the parenting process can bring out in us!) and how to model emotional intelligence for your children. how to deal with the emotions and influences of your choir—the many outside individuals and communities who directly impact your child’s life, including school, the digital world, extended family, neighbors, and friends. Raising confident, centered, happy kids—while feeling the same way about yourself—is possible with Confident Parents, Confident Kids.
|Author by||: Todd Hollander|
|Editor||: Worthy Press, LLC|
A Book For Everyone Who Cares About ChildrenThe CrisisThe problem of overweight children has reached an epidemic level- More than 30% of American children are overweight; at least 15% are obese- Due to poor nutrition and lack of exercise, millions more are at risk- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Overweight is now the most common medical condition of childhood"- The physical, psychological, and economic consequences of this epidemic are staggeringThe SolutionThis informative, motivational, and practical book reveals:- How to objectively assess a child?s weight- The 10 leading causes of overweight children- The consequences of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles- The myths and facts about nutrition, exercise, and weight loss- A step-by-step plan for helping children develop lifelong habits of good nutrition and physical fitnessOffered as a motivational and practical guidebook, We're Killing Our Kids enable parents, grandparents, educators, and other concerned adults to help children develop lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical fitness.
|Author by||: Roger Cross,Ed Stewart|
|Editor||: InterVarsity Press|
I remember one of the first times our younger daughter Amber vented her anger at me for something I did. In reality, it was something I didn't do that made her mad. She had asked me to help her with a paper she was writing for a middle school class. The paper required a lot of research, and Amber didn't know how to go about doing the research."There's nothing to it," I assured her flippantly. Then instead of showing her what she needed to do, I simply told her to get started, explaining that she would figure out how to do the research as she went along.She let out an exasperated sigh. "But Dad, I don't know how to--""Amber, just get started," I insisted with authority, "and you'll figure it out." Then I left the room.(from the introduction)When the author understood his mistake, he was able to go and talk with his daughter. As she vented, he began to understand what a capacity parents have to make their kids angry, and how he could change his approach to communicating with his children to improve their relationship. In the years since Roger Cross has been studying the things parents do that make kids angry, such as:playing favoriteshaving loose or confusing boundariesexpecting kids to fill adult roles and moreDrawing on his ministry of Youth for Christ along with a survey of one hundred students of varied ages and backgrounds, Roger Cross has created a practical, helpful book for parents who want to understand why their kids are so angry and what they need to do to change.
|Author by||: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman,Gloria Degaetano|
There is perhaps no bigger or more important issue in America at present than youth violence. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora: We know them all too well, and for all the wrong reasons: kids, some as young as eleven years old, taking up arms and, with deadly, frightening accuracy, murdering anyone in their paths. What is going on? According to the authors of Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, there is blame to be laid right at the feet of the makers of violent video games (called "murder trainers" by one expert), the TV networks, and the Hollywood movie studios--the people responsible for the fact that children witness literally thousands of violent images a day. Authors Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano offer incontrovertible evidence, much of it based on recent major scientific studies and empirical research, that movies, TV, and video games are not just conditioning children to be violent--and unaware of the consequences of that violence--but are teaching the very mechanics of killing. Their book is a much-needed call to action for every parent, teacher, and citizen to help our children and stop the wave of killing and violence gripping America's youth. And, most important, it is a blueprint for us all on how that can be achieved. In Paducah, Kentucky, Michael Carneal, a fourteen-year-old boy who stole a gun from a neighbor's house, brought it to school and fired eight shots at a student prayer group as they were breaking up. Prior to this event, he had never shot a real gun before. Of the eight shots he fired, he had eight hits on eight different kids. Five were head shots, the other three upper torso. The result was three dead, one paralyzed for life. The FBI says that the average, experienced, qualified law enforcement officer, in the average shootout, at an average range of seven yards, hits with less than one bullet in five. How does a child acquire such killing ability? What would lead him to go out and commit such a horrific act?
|Author by||: Tony Wagner,Ted Dintersmith|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
"Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. [The book proposes] a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today's economy"--
|Author by||: Janet Wilson|
|Editor||: Second Story Press|
Ten profiles of amazing young environmental activists. Each child is captured in a portrait, their achievements described, and filled out with photos. Ends with tips for kids to make a difference.
|Author by||: Milan Yerkovich,Kay Yerkovich|
|Editor||: WaterBrook Press|
Offers advice to parents on overcoming the challenges with the five love styles and helps cultivate a connection with a child of any age.
|Author by||: Martin Gerstein,Marilyn Lichtman|
|Editor||: Amer Counseling Assn|
This book is a product of a research effort to identify exemplary elementary school guidance and counseling programs and practices across the United States. It consists of program descriptions from 134 programs in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Section 1 gives the background of how programs were identified and selected. Section 2 provides a detailed account of how 10 exemplary programs were chosen from those nominated; descriptions and sample activities of these programs are presented and the address and telephone number of a contact person is given. Section 3 includes information on the remainder of the programs. This information is presented in matrix form, alphabetized by state and categorized and summarized into several domains that represent the major emphases of elementary counseling and guidance. The final section describes how this research effort was evaluated and draws several conclusions about the future of developmental elementary school counseling. Current references and additional resources intended to help counselors who are beginning new programs as well as those who are seeking new ideas are appended. (TE)
|Author by||: Tom Corley|
|Editor||: Hillcrest Publishing Group|
"Now you can virtually guarantee that your children or grandchildren grow up happy and successful in life. Rich Kids helps adults become success-mentors, propelling kids to reach their fullest potential in life. You won't find these unique, groundbreaking strategies anywhere else. Rich Kids will open your eyes and transform ordinary grandparents, parents and educators into extraordinary mentors for the next generation"--Page 4 of cover.
|Author by||: Gina Ingoglia|
|Editor||: Brooklyn Botanic Garden|
Describes the different types of trees of North America and how to identify them by their leaves, buds, and bark, and explains why trees are important to the environment.
|Author by||: Victor Davis Hanson|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing USA|
Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented-but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before. The Father of Us All brings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.