Future Focus

Kids Today Are Being Socialized to Think They’re Fragile Snowflakes

According to San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge, as reported in her book iGen (Atria, 2017), to the question “Do you have [a] psychological disorder (depression, etc.)?” the percentage of college students born in 1995 and after (the Internet Generation, or iGen) answering affirmatively in a Higher Education Research Institute study rose between 2012 and 2016. For men, the figure increased from 2.7 to 6.1 percent (a 126 percent increase) and for women from 5.8 to 14.5 percent (a 150 percent rise).
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5 Ways You Can Help Your Kid Deal With Disappointment

...isn't realizing that sometimes the ice cream shop will be out of your favorite flavor or your park play date will get rained out just part of life? None of us can completely avoid life's little setbacks, so here's how to deal when your kid is the one who's feeling disappointed.
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The missing context of the Marshmallow Test

When a photo went viral a few years ago, people from around the world shared how it was a “reflection” of our current generation and society. They wanted this photo (as with the recent video from Simon Sinek) to support their own beliefs about younger generations who seem to have their heads buried in a phone/screen all day long.
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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.
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