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Preparing our kids for the future

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Leader Talk offers some interesting insights into ‘Protect or Prepare: Which is better for Children?‘ Also, Thoma at OpenEducation discusses the premise ‘To Raise Smart and Successful Children focus on a Work Ethic‘, whilst “One positive relationship can make a huge difference for ‘at risk’ students” where a teacher recounts ‘I’ve found that students learn best for me when I’ve been able to develop a positive relationship with them. That’s why I take the time to do that.

Do shock Ads deter Youth?‘ briefly talks about some confrontational media campaigns aimed at stopping destructive behaviours such as binge drinking. Whilst Joanne in ‘Eco-kids socializing parents‘, raises the discussion of environmental educators wanting children to use ‘pester power’ to socialize their parents.

Children are naturally prone to be empathetic and moral‘ is the title of a recent research that shows ‘Children between the ages of seven and 12 appear to be naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain, according to researchers at the University of Chicago, who used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans to study responses in children.

Steve writes ‘the most important thing children need to understand is that they own the power of their decisions‘ which sparked a very interesting discussion on the issue of how to, and how much, decision-making children should be allowed to make on their own, and the role of the parents in this process.

Finally, ‘Empowerment: some nuances‘ reminds us that empowerment plans are most effective if they do not focuses too much on imposing government views on the communities, but rather consider how people want to be engaged.’ and later ‘ and ‘most people just want to have a say or to know they can influence things if they choose to. But low levels of motivation could at least partly be explained by the fact that most of us have grown up with habitual detached indifference on the part of authorities towards us – indeed systematised discouragement of seeking to influence.

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