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Hunger is a thief: Hungry children and ‘lunch shaming’

April 21, 2017 Published by

One out of every six children in the U.S. is food insecure, i.e., does not know when they will get their next meal. I agree that lunches should not be taken away and that a child should not be “shamed” for unpaid debt. But not allowing a substitute sandwich?! Amid...

Letters from prison, plans for the future: Thoughts from Getting Out graduates

April 12, 2017 Published by

These four handwritten letters are from Getting Ahead While Getting Out graduates in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The first letter, from Steven Brewster, describes Getting Out methodology as well as it can be described. Brewster writes: “The information is presented in such a way that participants must do their own work and provide...

Raining Grumpy Cats and Doges: What are all these memes?

April 5, 2017 Published by

What is a meme? The term “meme” first appeared in a 1976 book by Richard Dawkins called The Selfish Gene. Basically it was (and is) the concept that, like genetics, an idea could begin to repeat itself over and over, just as genetic structure can replicate. Twenty years later—and since—the...

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World management: Problem solving

April 3, 2017 Published by

Getting Ahead has been in use since 2004. During that time very few serious problems have come my attention. The problems ranged from a disruptive group member to a suicidal threat. Between those extremes there were problems like a child abuse charge, a threat of violence, some cases of relapse...

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How well are U.S. schools really connected to the Internet?

March 29, 2017 Published by

I’m curious … The Education Superhighway 2016 report states: “75% of all students in America are connected to high-speed broadband (K–12 schools), and 88% of school districts meet the minimum requirements for wireless service.” What I want to know is: Does it really work? I am in decent hotels many...

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How one Ohio community is addressing the heroin/opioid epidemic

March 27, 2017 Published by

Marion, Ohio, like much of our country, is suffering from the effects of the heroin/opioid epidemic, which lately is driving a great deal of what takes place in our criminal justice system and social service agencies. In Marion County most children services cases involve drug addiction. Our mental health agencies...

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The value of a mental model

March 24, 2017 Published by

This is a great mental model! A mental model is a story, analogy, or drawing to explain something. It makes learning so much faster! Research shows sleeping on the left side has lots of health benefits. It allows for waste materials in your body to be removed more easily by...