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May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children Education Featured 

May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children

World (FEE) – May can be a particularly dangerous month for schoolchildren. According to 13 years of recent data collected on mental health emergency room visits at Connecticut Children’s Mental Health Center in Hartford, May typically has the most. Under Pressure Boston College psychology professor, Peter Gray, looked more closely at this data and found that children’s mental health is directly related to school attendance. Dr. Gray found that children’s psychiatric ER visits drop precipitously in the summer and rise again once school begins. The May spike likely coincides with end-of-school academic and social pressures. The suicide rate among 10 Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk

Ukraine (Global Voices) – “I don’t really like Europe. In Europe, 99 percent of things are finished; here, there is work to be done,” says Oksana Oliinyk, standing in the small Soviet-era shop she and her husband Orest have just opened in the village of Khrystanivka in east-central Ukraine. Behind her are five rows of shelves she’s populating with books—the building blocks of the village’s first library. “A man came to the shop today and saw them, and I told him they are free to take away,” she says. “He told me he doesn’t have time to read because he works. Read More

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Encouragement: The Key to Student Success Featured Good News 

Encouragement: The Key to Student Success

United Kingdom (University of Cambridge) –‘Big data’ study finds that children from families with limited education have strongest long-term response to teacher encouragement, and are more likely to progress to university as a result. “The relationships teachers develop with students are real engines for social mobility.” Ben Alcott Schoolchildren who receive words of encouragement from a teacher are significantly more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who do not, a new study suggests. The influence of teacher encouragement appears to be much greater on students whose own parents never progressed past compulsory education – an Read More

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