Otto, NC (PRWEB) April 25, 2006
“While it is sad to see, none of us should be shocked by the recent 'Columbine' like violence reported in Kansas this week,” says Jeanne Webster CPC. “In fact, we should be prepared for more of it.”
Federal and state governments, parents and educators should stop giving lip service to educational reforms and come together to put a real plan into action. “We are teaching them to learn, but not how to think” Webster says, “If you think it’s bad now, wait until this generation begins to run our country. It’s not the kids; it’s our generation failing our children.”
Before we even begin to worry about how we rank in world education or implement another series of tests, these four areas need to be addressed.
- Parents need to step up to the plate and take a strong stand in education reform. Remember your children can’t vote and as long as parents stand back and allow Federal and State Governments to try to affect change, our nation’s schools will remain in crisis.
- Educators should “connect the dots” between recent scientific findings on brain maturation in teens and reform curriculums that are in alignment with those studies. For example: High school is the worst time to introduce foreign language studies
- We should hold Video Games Makers and the Entertainment industry socially responsible for the material they market to our kids. If they refuse then we need to regulate violent games and movies like alcohol; not until your 21. This is where they are picking up the life skills they use to solve their problems.
- Public Schools should implement a Life Sciences curriculum that combines Life Skills with Character Education from the sixth grade forward. Until we give our children the life skills and tools to help them cope with life and be resilient, we can expect violence among teens to continue or even escalate.
Jeanne Webster is a professional life skills coach that niches in teen, parent/teen and young adult issues. She is a columnist, speaker and author of the two time National Award winning book, “If You Could Be Anything, What Would You Be?” Her text and curriculum is used in schools, juvenile justice systems and mentor groups in the U.S.
For further information or to interview Jeanne Webster call 828-524-9520 or 828-349-1475.
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