Five stereotypes about poor families and education

Here is an excerpt from a new book called “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” by Paul C. Gorski, associate professor of integrative studies at George Mason University. The book, which draws from years of research to analyze educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students,   is part of the Multicultural Education Series of books edited by James A. Banks and published by Teachers College Columbia University. The Read More

Children And Substance Dependent Parents

“In a way, I wanted my mum to go back to prison, because she was clean (drug free) for a few weeks when she came out of prison.” ~ Child, (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). The children of parents with substance dependence and abuse problems suffer silently. Substance-related problems are seldom short-lived. From the beginning of the problem through its progression men and women find they have become parents. This was likely Read More

Sibling Bullying: What’s the Big Deal?

Sibling bullying is a type of violence that is prevalent in the lives of most children, but little is known about it, researchers say. Clemson University psychology professor Robin Kowalski said the phenomenon has been overlooked. Kowalski and and co-author Jessica Skinner explored the extent to which sibling bullying is viewed to be normal and the perceived differences between victims and perpetrators. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The purpose Read More

Helping Adults With Autism Find Meaning: Roses for Autism

There are countless great causes out there, but there is one in particular that has touched my heart, for personal reasons: Roses for Autism. As the father of a teenage son with autism, I worry a great deal about his future as an adult and how my wife and I can help him be as independent as possible. Roses for Autism was introduced to me a few years ago by a friend who knew about Read More

Yelling at your teen can backfire, impact mental health: study

Adolescents whose parents shouted, swore at or insulted them showed more signs of depression than their peers whose moms and dads didn’t, according to a new study. If you’re a parent of a teenager, researchers say that the best parenting advice is to talk, not yell. A new study released Wednesday finds that 13-year-old adolescents whose parents shouted at them suffered more symptoms of depression than their peers whose parents didn’t. The study involved nearly Read More

Editorial: Family violence – Start with education

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s decision to highlight family violence in her first speech to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has particular resonance in Saskatchewan – the province with the worst record on this issue. Ambrose, who took on her new role in a cabinet shuffle last month, told the CMA’s annual meeting in Calgary Monday that spousal violence – along with elder and child abuse and other family violence – has “far-reaching” harmful effects Read More


In 1959, Dr. Julian Lasky decided to conduct an experiment: How well could psychiatrists and hospital staff at a V.A. general-medicine and surgical hospital use individual patient interviews to predict post-hospital adjustments among their psychiatric patients? Once a month over a period of six months, Lasky gathered predictions on factors such as rehospitalization, work, family, and health adjustment. He then correlated those predictions, along with a number of other possible predictive factors, with actual readjustment Read More