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Middle School Discipline – What Works

The recent suspensions of several Sonoma County middle students should be a wake up call regarding zero tolerance as a viable school discipline program.  A zero tolerance policy imposes automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule, with the intention of eliminating undesirable conduct. The middle school students were reprimanded [...]

By | May 8th, 2014|0 Comments

The New DUI: Cellphone Use

The proliferation of cellphone use while driving which caused the unspeakable, recent tragedy on  Highway 12 could happen to anyone and at anytime. Someone needs to take action. What we need is for a politician to step up and identify cellphone use while driving as punishable as a DUI. A [...]

By | April 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Why Student Underachieve

In order to understand why certain students underachieve in school, we need to have a basic understanding of what major brain centers are associated with achievement and your student’s learning brain. The left and right sides of a student’s brain must work together for effective learning to take place. Unfortunately, most [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Stopping School Violence: Restorative Justice or Zero Tolerance

The Obama administration’s recent press release concerning the elimination of a zero tolerance discipline philosophy in American public schools is long overdue. Zero tolerance is a tool that became popular in the 1990s, supporting uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or possession of a weapon. Violators [...]

By | March 18th, 2014|1 Comment

Television and the Developing Brain

A good example of pioneering  TV programming for children’s brain development is the popular PBS show "Sesame Street," particularly its role in stimulating language development. In fact, the "Sesame Street" producers smartly surmised that effective children’s TV programing that focused on the areas of the brain responsible for language development [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Setting the Record Straight: Super Bowl and Beer Commercials

Watching this year’s NFL football playoffs and/or Super Bowl requires extensive viewing hours of TV commercials, which are often laced with themes representing beer, cars and/or trucks -- Americana at its best. One underlying theme presides during the commercials that interrupt the entertainment of huge men bashing each other, and [...]

By | January 27th, 2014|0 Comments

A Viable Alternative to Medication For ADHD Children

A recent article in the Press Democrat titled “Drug Firms Spend Big to Sell Public on ADHD” highlighted the proliferation of medication for ADHD children. The article illustrated how drug companies’ profit margins are directly connected to the overmedication of ADHD children. The overmedication begs us to question why so [...]

By | January 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Deceptive advertising effect on children

It was probably my fifth grade teacher who taught us how certain industries use deception to attract children to buy their products. For example, why has the tobacco industry never had a problem with candy cigarette companies replicating their cigarette packs or why has the gun industry allows close replicas [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|0 Comments

Fear of failure? Only in your mind!

Some of the most difficult children to teach are those who have a fear of failure. Unfortunately, for may teachers  such children often display deep scars of failure that can challenge even the most experienced and successful teacher. In my opinion, those teachers who possess the ability to change an [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|0 Comments

The mechanics of teaching

Today’s complicated car engines often seem analogous to the working of a student’s learning brain. Both mechanics and teachers do not get the credit they deserve. Compare yesterday’s cars and students with today’s cars and students and you begin to see how complicated both professions have become. Years ago, teaching [...]

By | October 11th, 2013|0 Comments