I imagine that my social work colleagues are taught this history lesson—that animal abuse prevention and protection was established before any such prevention and protection for children—but I have never run across this fact in nursing education. Howard Markel, MD, professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and the history of medicine at the University of Michigan wrote about this case in his NYT article, "Case Shined Light on Abuse of Children" (December 14, 2009). He concludes his article with the poignant reminder: … [Read more...] about Preventing Abuse: Children Came After Animals
Children love to play in emotionally exciting ways. Little ones delight in being tossed into the air or swung around by adults or teenagers (but only if the children themselves determine the height of the tosses and the vigor of the swinging). They also love to be chased by a “monster.” Somewhat older children enjoy somersaulting, pirouetting, cartwheeling, and other forms of spinning around; sliding, swinging high, and teeter-tottering on playground equipment; climbing trees or up the sides of buildings; leaping from heights onto water or snowbanks; and zipping around on scooters, bikes, skateboards, skis, and other devices that permit speed. Children of all ages seem to have a sense of their limits in such play. They typically start at low heights or slow speeds and move gradually up. They take risks in moderation. The joy of play combined with a modicum of fear is the exquisite sensation we all identify as thrill. But being thrown too high, or falling too … [Read more...] about Free Play Is Essential for Normal Emotional Development
Players in these games can also join special-interest groups called guilds. To join a guild, a player (or, more accurately, the player's avatar) must fill out an application form, much like a job application, explaining why he or she would be a valuable member. Guilds generally have structures that are similar to companies in the real world, with leaders, executive boards, and even recruitment personnel. Such games are, in many ways, like the imaginative sociodramatic games of preschool children, but played in a virtual world, with communication by online text, and raised up many notches in sophistication to fit the interests and abilities of the older children, teenagers, and adults who play them. Like all sociodramatic games, they are very much anchored in an understanding of the real world, and they exercise concepts and social skills that are quite relevant to that world. In fact, a study commissioned by the IBM Corporation concluded that the leadership skills exercised within … [Read more...] about The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games
Concerns about mandatory service have been taken very seriously by legal scholars. In general, this work has concluded that mandatory service is legally permissible under federal law because “community service programs amount to nothing more than conditions attached to the ‘privilege’ of free public education and thus pose no constitutional problems whatsoever” (Smolla, 2000). The key here is legally permissible—there are many other ethical concerns that have been raised, and a larger review of these issues can be found here. … [Read more...] about Volunteer or Voluntold: Does Required Service Benefit Youth?
Or maybe you’ll come up with a third alternative: something quite different or a hybrid between the first two. And maybe, along the way, you might muse about what makes you so angry. Many students dislike school and kids' shallowness, but without so much anger. And is the anger serving you? Is it the best way to make a difference? … [Read more...] about A Capable High School Student Wants to Drop Out