Examining rewards in the classroom: Do they truly support the student?
Do classroom rewards truly support children or do they set in motion ill patterns that they will carry with them throughout life . . . a forever seeking outside themselves for reinforcement and gratification?
Gender based violence – where does it begin? Do we really want to know?
What is a man of true quality? If violence has no true value then there cannot be any truth in making violence a core characteristic of predominant masculine identities.
What does it mean to be a teenager – the modern day myth of adolescence
What does it mean to grow up? What does it mean to be a teenager? Have we come to accept adolescence to be the ‘reckless years’ or a preparation for adulthood? Adolescence is a time that we can offer support to young people in their transition to adulthood.
How 'Gifted and Talented' policies destroy access to true intelligence
Is any child more special than another? All have gold to bring. "It’s like they are saying we are not worth anything," says a student not chosen for the ‘Gifted and Talented’ programme.
Mindfulness is not the way back to who you are
The current fad for mindfulness meditation exposed for what it is: a dulling down of the tension we feel in life so that we can function with less feeling of the hurts we are carrying.
The corporate takeover of our kids’ future
There is an alarming new trend for privatizing education around the world. Corporations have their eyes clearly set on education as a new opportunity for profit. But who are the winners and losers here as our children become ‘products’ in a corporations’ lust to make bigger profits?
Internet porn – the ultimate educator for normalising abuse and violence in our relationships
As we determine what intimacy, love and connection means in our society, internet porn has become a global sex education and created a new ‘normal’. Do we want this abuse to infiltrate and influence our children’s lives?
Young people, pornography and bullying
Today’s teenagers are the first generation of young people to grow up with ‘sexting’, sex tapes, and using pornography to bully others. Have we fully considered the very real impact of pornography on teenagers’ lives?
Mainstreaming porn – who is truly educating our kids?
The mass media makes massive profit mainstreaming porn through every corner of society. Does it affect our children to be educated and constantly exposed to pornographic imagery and does that make sexually charged situations become “normal”?
When exam stress becomes a matter of life and death: The effect of exams on student health and wellbeing
True intelligence springs from a healthy mind and body. Stress has a significant effect on mental health and physical well-being. Are we putting our students’ well-being first? Or, in the drive for academic achievement, are we leaving self-care, loving relationships and a healthy body behind?