Schools give stressed-out students therapy dogs, yoga
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This article illustrates a lot of what is wrong in America, and in it's public schools.

Nothing wrong with yoga, nope nothing at all.  Can you imagine the public outcry if it was the rosary being taught?

There are so many messed up observations in this article.  I will let you be the judge.

http://animaltracks.today.com/_news/2013...-yoga?lite Wrote:By Martha Irvine, The Associated Press

The four-legged member of the counseling team at the high school in suburban Chicago waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another.
"Puppy! Ohhh, puppy dog!" one teenager croons, as he affectionately tousles the ears of the 18-month-old golden retriever. Junie began her role as a "therapy dog" at Prospect High School less than four months ago.
It's just one of a number of ways high schools across the country are trying to address what some call an epidemic of stressed-out, overwhelmed students.
Some schools now offer yoga classes or teach relaxation techniques in the classroom. Others, from California to Minnesota and New Jersey, are instituting homework-free nights or are offering a bit of free time between classes — the equivalent of recess for teenagers.
In Maine, at least two high schools have converted classrooms into "wellness rooms" staffed by volunteer professionals who offer massage therapy and other stress-reducing treatments for students, with parental permission.
The idea is to help them slow down and cope with their problems in an overpacked, 24-7 world, where many students stay up late to finish homework and fall asleep with their cellphones in their hands.
"Things cycle for them so quickly. So it's hard for them to be able to develop the patience, or the ability to think something through and to realize that it may take some time for it to get resolved," says Douglas Berg, a social worker at Prospect High, where he and other staff are seeing more students hospitalized with anxiety and panic attacks related to stress.
Some might question whether a dog in the school corridors, or a 20-minute break, addresses the deeper issues at hand. But many school officials say they have to do what they can to alleviate the growing pressure to achieve. That pressure, they say, has only been heightened by the commonly held belief that it's tougher than ever for a young person to make it in this economy.



More than ever, a college degree is seen as a must. So more students are taking college courses in high school, and even more are enrolling in rigorous "advanced placement," or AP classes to try to earn college credit. Add year-round sports and after-school jobs and volunteering, as a way to bolster the college application, and many students say they have little time for anything else.
"There's just too much," says Lexi Botts, a senior at Prospect High who sought comfort from Junie and, ultimately, school counselors after her grandfather's death last fall.
The intensity of school has become so great, says one mom in Paoli, Pa., that she and her family have dubbed the senior year of high school "the crying year."
"When does a child get to be a child anymore?" said Carol Meerschaert. "I fear how they will burn out when the pressure has been on them since elementary school."
Abbie Kaplan, a junior at the Boston Latin School — a public high school that requires students to take an exam for entry — knows what she means.
On a scale of 1 to 10, she places her stress level at a pretty steady 9. She regularly has four hours of homework a night, some done before swim practice. She eats dinner around 9:30 p.m., then finishes the rest of her homework and generally goes to bed at 11:30. Then she's up at 6 a.m. so she can be at school by 7:45.
She calls her hectic schedule "the new normal."
"You keep telling yourself that it will prepare you for the future," Kaplan says. "It's just sort of how it is."
She, too, has had anxiety attacks related to her workload, she says. And some parents say school shootings, including the recent massacre in Newtown, Conn., only worsen the stress.
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"My son came home from school and said, 'I'm really worried this could happen at our school,'" says Jane Robertson, a mother of a 16-year-old in Belfast, Maine. She's also a chiropractor, who helped start one of the wellness rooms in her area. The first one opened in Camden, Maine, after a spate of suicides more than 10 years ago, she said.
Overall, a recent national survey of adolescent mental health found that about 8 to 10 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder. And of those teens, only 18 percent received mental health care, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
School officials across the country, meanwhile, say they're seeing a steady uptick in mental health referrals, often stress-related. Timothy Dorway, a principal at a high school in Chanhassen, Minn., just outside Minneapolis, is among them. He says such referrals have doubled since his school opened in 2009.
"We're asking these kids to do things that we don't even ask adults to do," Dorway says, noting sports and academic requirements that often leave them sleep-deprived.
Besides the mental health issues, he noted that students from his school have been in car accidents after falling asleep at the wheel — one of them on the way to school, at 7:45 a.m.
All of it led him and his school community to come up with a motto — "Balance, Perspective, Growth" — and to look for ways to put it into practice.
Now, Chanhassen High is among a small but growing number of schools that has homework-free nights scattered throughout the school year. Two days a week, students at Chanhassen also get a 20-minute "recess" break in the morning. Some play hackie sack or grab a snack. They chat in the hallways, catch up on homework or rest.
The break is a time "to let all the information of the day settle in my mind," says Zach Anderson, a junior at the school. "We need time to think."
The changes at the school have not come without controversy. A few parents see the break as a waste of time that could be better used at the beginning of the school day.
"Let them sleep in, or get a better breakfast, or come to school at the usual time to talk to a teacher if they need to," says Karrie Shroyer, a mom of a sophomore at Chanhassen High.
When it comes to homework, she says the school would better serve students by cutting back on what some view as an inordinate amount of "busy work," repetitive work that students who've mastered the concepts may not need to do.
"Are we trying to hide the real problem with a simple fix?" Shroyer asks.
Raychelle Lohmann, a professional counselor and author based in South Carolina, says any step schools take to reduce stress for students is a "step in the right direction."
But she says parents, too, need to keep their own expectations in check, even for young children.
"We're seeing parents who are putting their preschoolers in tutoring programs," she says. "The intentions are good. But we're missing the important point, to let them develop and play" — even in high school.
She says parents also have to model the behavior for their children.
"I'll be honest. I'm guilty. I don't take a day off," she says. "But at some point, we just have to stop — and prioritize — and teach our children to do the same.
"We have to give up this 'go, go, go' mentality."
Lisa Lawrence, a mom in Austin, Texas, said she realized this when her daughter, now a sixth-grader, told her she felt like "nothing she did was ever good enough" for her mom.
"It sent chills down my spine," Lawrence says. "I think I felt that way growing up."
So she's backed off. And so has Dorway, the principal in Minnesota who's also a dad.
After his son's seventh-grade band concert last year, he recalls watching three kids "running down the hall, literally stripping out of their band uniforms with basketball uniforms underneath."
"This is insane," he says. So once the homework issue is further examined, he's vowing to take on the "holy grail" of issues at his school — the packed practice and game schedules of student athletes.
Back at Prospect High in suburban Chicago, counselor Lynn Thornton ponders the question of expectations, as she pets Junie, who is sitting next to her in a school counseling office.
Educators are feeling the pressure to perform, too, she says. And while raising standards can be good thing, she wonders if we've taken things too far by making "high school the new college."
"I really don't see it changing," Thornton says, "until maybe colleges would really step up and say, 'Hey, you know what? You guys teach high school and we'll teach college."
Until then, students will find Junie at their beck and call, often on the counseling office couches.
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I never once, not one time, had homework in high school.  Not once.  Not one time even. Ever.  In all four years.  And I got mostly A's and B's.  Four hours of homework a night?  As if.  High school is as stressful as you choose to make it.  I chose to make mine stress free.  Q.E.D. 

Cry me a river.
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You never had math homework in school?  That's impossible.  Everyone gets math homework.  And you never had to write a paper in English class?
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I know there is controversy over yoga amongst trads, and I don't really get it, but I'll concede that point as to not derail.  I actually don't have a problem with the principle of concessions made for students to be in the best learning environment possible.  The problem is that at least in the US, the education industry are making all these emotional concessions at the expense of actually having the kids learn.  I'm getting a degree in teaching right now, and I've become more and more disgusted with the emphasis that teachers have.  It's not an accident, it's what the teachers are taught.  I recall in one of my edu classes, we had a group discussion about what make a good teacher.  We had about 12 things on the board all having to do with being caring, sensitive to emotions, multicultural, yadayadayada, and finally I spoke up and said "wouldn't the most important thing for a teacher be that they know the material and can impart it on others?"  

Schools are becoming eight hours of therapy and liberal indoctrination.  Actually, they've already become that.  And it's beyond having liberal teachers, the curriculum is liberal.  There's a big difference.  One can have a liberal teacher and just pick through what they're taught to get the truth.  A liberal curriculum is far more insidious.

Teaching a kid how to think, and how to think critically will do wonders for his self esteem.  Teach them how not to be idiots and the rest will naturally follow.
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(02-03-2013, 12:58 AM)cgraye Wrote: You never had math homework in school?  That's impossible.  Everyone gets math homework.  And you never had to write a paper in English class?

I had a one hour study hall every day which was more than sufficient to complete any homework, plus the time I spent in other classes doing homework.  I had two years of algebra and a year of geometry.  That fulfilled my maths requirement.  No math senior year, woo hoo! I think the longest paper I had to write in English class was 5 pages, double spaced.  It doesn't exactly take a rocket scientist (or even an engineer) to crank one of those out, ya know?
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(02-03-2013, 01:00 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: I know there is controversy over yoga amongst trads, and I don't really get it, but I'll concede that point as to not derail.  I actually don't have a problem with the principle of concessions made for students to be in the best learning environment possible.  The problem is that at least in the US, the education industry are making all these emotional concessions at the expense of actually having the kids learn.  I'm getting a degree in teaching right now, and I've become more and more disgusted with the emphasis that teachers have.  It's not an accident, it's what the teachers are taught.  I recall in one of my edu classes, we had a group discussion about what make a good teacher.  We had about 12 things on the board all having to do with being caring, sensitive to emotions, multicultural, yadayadayada, and finally I spoke up and said "wouldn't the most important thing for a teacher be that they know the material and can impart it on others?"  

Schools are becoming eight hours of therapy and liberal indoctrination.  Actually, they've already become that.  And it's beyond having liberal teachers, the curriculum is liberal.  There's a big difference.  One can have a liberal teacher and just pick through what they're taught to get the truth.  A liberal curriculum is far more insidious.

Teaching a kid how to think, and how to think critically will do wonders for his self esteem.  Teach them how not to be idiots and the rest will naturally follow.

Best of luck in your studies to be an educator.  My wife is teacher and has her master degree in education, so I know the value of a good God fearing teacher.

I will include you in my prayer intentions.
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(02-03-2013, 01:00 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: I know there is controversy over yoga amongst trads, and I don't really get it, but I'll concede that point as to not derail.

The priest I work for spoke about this in his sermon today and also put a couple of articles regarding it in the bulleting.  Interesting reads.  Perhaps a new topic for yoga would be good.
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(02-03-2013, 09:07 PM)The Curt Jester Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 01:00 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: I know there is controversy over yoga amongst trads, and I don't really get it, but I'll concede that point as to not derail.

The priest I work for spoke about this in his sermon today and also put a couple of articles regarding it in the bulleting.  Interesting reads.  Perhaps a new topic for yoga would be good.

That would be great. I am interested in the various view points on the topic from the tank.  Maybe you can start a new thread.  Do you have the article from your priest in digital format?
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(02-03-2013, 09:10 PM)Adam_Michael Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 09:07 PM)The Curt Jester Wrote:
(02-03-2013, 01:00 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: I know there is controversy over yoga amongst trads, and I don't really get it, but I'll concede that point as to not derail.

The priest I work for spoke about this in his sermon today and also put a couple of articles regarding it in the bulleting.  Interesting reads.  Perhaps a new topic for yoga would be good.

That would be great. I am interested in the various view points on the topic from the tank.  Maybe you can start a new thread.  Do you have the article from your priest in digital format?

I'd have to manually copy it from the bulletin.  That's why I didn't go ahead and post it already.
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The kids r stressed out because they are not teaching them to think nor giving them time to develop, they are turning the kids into worker bees and life long learners. Learning to follow.
We homeschool but our neighbor was so mad to find out the school his child attends is teaching yoga at PE. What a bunch of ignorant idiots..... They don't even know what it is they are promoting (well, the new age old age is here and they probably do know what they are teaching)

How is it the yoga stuff was cool and its still "in" today? Oh it's because the 60s kids are now running our schools et al,  but give it a polished look.

I don't understand the confusion of yoga for Catholics, it's really a no brainier. Yoga- different types but all are kundalini (serpant power)  yoga to unite shiva and shakti aka false gods and self. This kundalini serpent power or shakti lays at base of spine, goal is to awaken sleeping serpent, cleanse chakras and unite with shiva for false promise of union with divine enlightenment. It's a spiritual practice not exercise.

We, as Catholics, have a blessing to be able to receive Jesus body, blood, soul and divinity everyday of the year to nourish our body and soul with grace, Gods life in us. No trance needed. no hocus pocus. no kundalini needed. In fact, kundalini shakti shiva seems to want to push God away from soul, take over and be concererned with the self in a false enlightenment, different level of consciousness, separate from the body forever. ( sounds nothing like everlasting life with our glorified bodies in Heaven...in fact, arn't the ones cast to hell for eternity are without their body eternity... Some shady enlightenment or rather lost soul.) Another point is yoga is hindu, no matter what you call it.

I think it is important for as many people to know what this is about and the foundation etc, the new age and yoga is not new, and its here. Catholics should know about things to be able to decipher why it's not okay. Yoga is spiritually and physically harmful, reguardless of doctorate  reports of how healing it is. There has been reports that show people lose their minds with kundalini. Say no to mainstream yoga and all it's branches.
I think people confuse the relaxation and mind body connection for trance and get unconsiously addicted to it. Going back for more they become lost in the false promises, sometimes forever.

Thank you Jesus, for giving the grace to see what yoga truly is before I Iost my soul, separeted from You for eternity. St. Monica pray for us, we thank you for your prayers.





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