A New York Frame of Mind

A beautiful day in New York City isn’t just a day when the sun shines and Central Park is sky blue meeting lawn green, shining out in all its glory. It is also a day when New York hotel staff…..

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Montgomery County allocates $8M for added student mental health services

By Nicole Asbury Washington Post April 21 2022 The Montgomery County Council is boosting funding for services offered to students in the county amid an escalating mental health crisis among children during the coronavirus pandemic. The $8 million investment wouldinclude $2 million toward immediatelyestablishinginterim wellness centers at county…..

American kids are struggling — and they’re asking adults for help

By Petula Dvorak  Washington Post Apri 1st 2022 The kids have been saying itthroughout the pandemic: They’re not okay. “I was going through a rough phase with friends and had lost a loved one,” said Elizabeth Abatan, a high school senior in D.C. who wants…..

‘A cry for help’: CDC warns of a steep decline in teen mental health

By Moriah BalingitMarch 31, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT Washington Post The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of an accelerating mental health crisis among adolescents, with more than 4 in 10 teens reporting that they feel “persistently sad…..

‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

By Matt Richtel Photographs by Annie Flanagan Matt Richtel spent more than a year interviewing adolescents and their families for this series on the mental health crisis.Published April 23, 2022Updated April 26, 2022Editors’ Note:This article examines the increase in anxiety, depression, self harm and…..

We are losing a generation: The devastating impacts of COVID-19

(From world Bank Blog) Governments across the globe will spend about $5 trillion on K-12 education this year.  But unless they get all children and young people back to school, keep them in class, and recover the central elements of learning,…..

What Should Education Value?

We talk a lot about the value of education, but the value of education is only as good as what education, as a whole, values. As a student of life and the broader world, I have seen how many industries…..

COVID:19 Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF

NEW YORK, 24 January 2022 – More than 635 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact…..

Tying shoes, opening bottles: Pandemic kids lack basic life skills

In a normal year, up to half of Christine Jarboe’s first-graders start school knowing how to tie their shoelaces. But thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, school hasn’t been normal for more than two years. So when Jarboe welcomed a fresh crop of…..

The Most Powerful Life Lessons From The Lion King

What’s your favorite animated Disney movie? That’s such a hard question, right? When it comes to Disney movies, it’s so hard to commit, isn’t it? I get it. But when I think of a movie that has shaped my life and…..