Critical Parenting Lead to Anxiety or strict ‘Tiger Mothering’ is effective

Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
“Tiger” parents may drive kids’ brains to overreact to errors


In an age when the formula for success seems infinitely regressive—when having a good career means going to a good college, which requires acing your way through a top high school, middle school and even preschool—the onus is on the parent to push, push, push. We want our children to get a foot in the door before they even know how to tie the shoe that’s on it. But should we encourage our children through tender praise, or do we embrace the “tiger mom” strategy of punishment and criticism?( Peck)

Does Science Support the Punitive Parenting of “Tiger Mothering”?

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A law professor’s new memoir has stoked controversy because of its suggestion that a strict, authoritarian upbringing leads to academic success. But what does the scientific evidence say?

Are Chinese moms superior? That claim was suggested in a headline last week for a book excerpt in The Wall Street Journal by Yale University law professor and self-proclaimed “tiger mother” Amy Chua. It drew roars of anger from parenting experts and the Chinese-American community for its harsh parenting techniques, which included verbal denigrations and negative reinforcement, such as not permitting bathroom breaks or threats to destroy favorite toys until the child performed a musical composition flawlessly. The excerpt attracted numerous comments and responses such as “Parents like Amy Chua are the reason why Asian-Americans like me are in therapy.”

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Choi, C. (2011, January 18). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from

Peck, M. (2015, April 9). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from

5 NFB Bear films- terrific

What better time, then, to enjoy 5 great NFB films about these furry and fascinating beasts? A mix of both animation and documentary, with some talking bears thrown in for good measure, here are 5 films about one of Canada’s most revered and feared land mammals. Whether you like your bears white, black, brown or, why not, of the grizzly persuasion, here’s a little bear for everyone.( NFB)

story by Caroline Weldon

story by Caroline Weldon

Essence of optimism…SCIAMind

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20130606-164404.jpgThe Essence of Optimism; January / February 2013; Scientific American Mind; by Elaine Fox; 6 Page(s) | When I was a 14-year-old in a suburb of Dublin, we were at the height of “the Troubles.” During this period of civil unrest, our school regularly took in girls from Northern Ireland to get them away from the bomb blasts and shootings in Belfast, some two hours’ drive across the border. One of these girls was named Sandra, and she had been at our school for a couple of weeks when one day the two of us decided to walk home for lunch. As I was walking and chatting, I suddenly became aware that Sandra was no longer beside me.
Looking around, I saw her about 10 meters back, lying flat on the pavement. A car had backfired, and she had instantly thrown herself on the ground. Deep in her brain, an alarm signal had gone off. That same signal had slipped past me unnoticed. (SCIAM, JULY2013)

Mayo Health Letter- Feb

Reader Quiz:  A quiz about iron deficiency and cravings
True or false
An iron deficiency can cause you to have cravings to eat unusual things such as dirt, ice or raw potatoes.
The correct answer is True.
People with iron-deficiency anemia may develop strong cravings to eat dirt, ice, paint, starch, raw potatoes or tomatoes. Such cravings are called pica (PIE-kuh). If you experience an unusual craving, tell your doctor about it. A simple blood test can show whether you have an iron deficiency.

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Textbooks evolve ebooks more interactive

Textbooks Come Alive

Next-generation science e-books may help keep young people engaged
Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them up-to-date on the latest research.

These e-books will cost (and weigh) less than the average printed tome. In January, Apple announced its iBooks 2 textbook platform for the iPad, and publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, have signed on to create content for it. In February, Nature Publishing Group, of which Scientific American is a part, came out with Principles of Biology, an interactive, multimedia “book” intended for university-level introductory biology classes that is accessible online using tablet computers, laptops, desktops and smartphones. Principles of Biology integrates text with videos, simulations, interactive exercises, illustrations and tests and also includes classic and current papers from Nature and related journals. Future titles in the life and physical sciences are in the works.

Marine ecologist David Johnston of Duke University and his colleagues have taken a more Wikipedia-like approach. Their app, Cachalot, is available for free on the iPad and was created with the help of volunteers: marine scientists wrote it without charge from lecture notes, a computer science class designed it, and institutions, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, donated images and video. The project grew out
of a class of Johnston’s that focuses on large marine animals such as dolphins, turtles, seals and giant tube worms. Although writers are not paid for their contributions, their work does get peer-reviewed and published, thus making it potentially valuable when it comes time for promotion or tenure, he says.
Sharon Lynch, a science education researcher at George Washington University, says e-books such as these may eventually become mainstream but adds that research needs to be done on whether or not they are actually better than traditional textbooks. One such study is already under way at Nature Publishing Group: on some California State University campuses, students began biology on old textbooks, whereas other classes came in with Principles of Biology, so the company is doing side-by-side comparisons of how well students learned biology and how their attitudes toward science might differ, says Vikram Savkar, publishing director of Nature Education.

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Smith Picks-January 2010

Here are a few books I am currently reading or just read during the Christmas break. I usually love historical fiction so Brown's new novel is perfect. I was so intrigued with the way Brown weaves philosophical, theological and scientific topics among a typical murder mystery. It is full of art, history, science and metaphysics a creative teacher could use it to teach philosophy.  I wanted to visit DC after reading this story of freemasonry!

My other favourite genre is the contemporary culture themes in non-fiction. There are so many threads of  meaning for progressive educators. Brain research, psychology, economics and sociology writers are almost always controversial yet often contain provocative and stimulating views of best practices applicable to learning.


LostsymbolLG The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
Interview with Dan Brown.

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol
is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world
labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the
watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the
hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned
unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol
Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a
bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five
symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the
object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient
into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.(Mosaicbooks)

BRAIN FOOD -for the teaching librarian

Linchpin_godin Linchpin-are you indispensable (not yet released) by Seth Godin. Blog:
Although I have not yet read this title, he does discuss the content in an interview by Nora Young of CBC Spark. A very worthwhile listen. Follow along with the transcript. As school libraries in BC are quietly being eroded and even dismantled, naturally teacher-librarians are acutely interested in their program and services.  Godin's new book reflects on the concept of creative value-added service in his usual provocative style. Also check out a very strong analysis of his new free eBook, What Matters Now.

Learn more about Seth Godin.

Video:TED– Learn more about Seth Godin as he talks about Tribes
Also Video:TED-Tribes We Lead-Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and
revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on
shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead
and make big change. He urges us to do so.(

Drive_pink Drive by Daniel Pink.  The author of the groundbreaking bestseller "A Whole New Mind" is back
with a paradigm-changing examination of how to harness motivation to
find greater satisfaction in life. This book of big ideas discusses the
surest pathway to high performance, creativity, and well-being.(Mosaicbooks)

Opposable_martin Opposable Mind by Roger Martin. 

If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or
Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong,
says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following “best
practice” can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating
what a great leader did in a particular situation, you’ll likely be
terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is

Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to
understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage
in what Martin calls integrative thinking—creatively resolving the
tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones.
Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter &
Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One
World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how
integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by
asking probing questions—including “What are the causal relationships
at work here?” and “What are the implied trade-offs?”

Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative
thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge—including
conceptual and experiential knowledge.   Integrative thinking can be learned, and The Opposable Mind helps you master this vital skill.(Mosaicbooks)

Googled_auletta Googled by Ken Aulatta. There are companies that create waves and those that ride or are
drowned by them. As only he can, bestselling author Ken Auletta takes
readers for a ride on the Google wave, telling the story of how it
formed and crashed into traditional media businesses — from newspapers
to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to
Microsoft. With unprecedented access to Google's founders and
executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep
their heads above water, Auletta reveals how the industry is being
disrupted and redefined.(

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Staff Pick: Mini Monsters – The Nature of Things

Mini Monsters – The Nature of Things

1 A
look at the astonishing and complex relationships of the "mini
monsters", insects of the Membracidae family – treehoppers that live
amid one of the richest ecosystems on the planet, one so mysterious
most people don't even know that it exists.
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Stay-Awake Drug Popular With College Kids Has Addictive Potential | 80beats | Discover Magazine

Stay-Awake Drug Popular With College Kids Has Addictive Potential | 80beats | Discover Magazine

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Modafinil, a drug officially approved to treat narcolepsy but
increasingly used off-label to improve cognitive performance, has been
shown to carry a greater risk of
addiction than was previously thought.
Brain scans of 10 healthy men taking Provigil, the version of modafinil made by the pharmaceutical company
Cephalon, showed increased levels of dopamine in the part of the brain involved in pleasure and addiction. Dopamine
is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that carries messages from nerve cell
to nerve cell or other tissues. Drugs that increase dopamine have the
potential for abuse [
USA Today].