Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Self-Discipline Can be Taught: Children and Adults

Emotional development, like other learning, takes time. And children, being the excellent imitators they are, will follow adult examples.

If we yell at children, they will yell; if we hit them, they will hit; if we teach them how to fight--verbally or physically, they will imitate the same behavior.  Or, the opposite may occur where--child or adult--you may become the perpetual victim of other's aggression.  We get better results when we discipline children calmly.
Efforts should be made to teach socially how to communicate productively personal points of views such as:

  • Be clear and consistent. Set and discuss rules and consequences. Rules should be clear, simple, and few. Some adults have only one basic rule: "You may not hurt yourself, others, or things". For example, to stop a child from hitting another child, kneel and calmly state, "You may not hit Tanisha. People are not for hitting." Then add, "I know you are angry. Can you tell me why?  ... OK, how can we resolve such issues without harming another?
  • Offer choices. Make sure choices are appropriate for your setting and are realistic. Can Donovan really be expected to do such and such?
  • Ignore certain behaviors, like cursing or temper tantrum, if it is not harmful. A child will quickly learn that good behavior gets results and a favorable reaction from grown-ups.
No matter what we adults do, there are times when emotions arise. More formal aggressive acts may require time away from the other person, but should only be used for an immediate return to establish productive communication and mutual goals. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Higher Education Briefing: America's 100 Top Colleges of 2014

Source: Forbes. (Aug. 18, 2014). List of colleges only. Rankings provided by the Department of Education (2014).

Note: Four schools were removed from the list for falsifying data to the U.S. Department of Education, Bucknell University, Claremont-McKenna College, Emory University, and Iona College.

  1. Williams College (Massachusetts)
  2. Stanford University (California)
  3. Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)
  4. Princeton University (New Jersey)
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  6. Yale University (Connecticut)
  7. Harvard University (Massachusetts)
  8. Pomona College (California)
  9. United States Military Academy (New York)
  10. Amherst College (Massachusetts)
  11. Haverford College (Pennsylvania)
  12. University of Pennsylvania
  13. Brown University (Rhode Island)
  14. Bowdoin College (Maine)
  15. Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
  16. Carleton College (Minnesota)
  17. University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
  18. Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)
  19. Northwestern University (Illinois)
  20. Columbia University (New York)
  21. California Institute of Technology
  22. Davidson College (North Carolina)
  23. Duke University (North Carolina)
  24. University of Chicago
  25. Tufts University (Massachusetts)
  26. Vassar College (New York)
  27. United States Naval Academy (Maryland)
  28. Georgetown University (D.C.)
  29. Wellesley College (Massachusetts)
  30. Middlebury College (Vermont)
  31. Cornell University (New York)
  32. Rice University (Texas)
  33. Washington and Lee University (Virginia)
  34. United States Air Force Academy (Colorado)
  35. Barnard College (New York)
  36. Boston College (Massachusetts)
  37. University of California, Berkeley
  38. Colgate University (New York)
  39. Colby College (Maine)
  40. University of Virginia
  41. College of William and Mary (Virginia)
  42. Kenyon College (Ohio) 
  43. Oberlin College (Ohio)
  44. University of California, Los Angeles
  45. University of Michigan 
  46. Reed College (Oregon)
  47. Whitman College (Washington)
  48. Lafayette College (Pennsylvania)
  49. Smith College (Massachusetts)
  50. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  51. Colorado College
  52. Harvey Mudd College (California)
  53. College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts)
  54. Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)
  55. Hamilton College (New York)
  56. Franklin and Marshall College (Pennsylvania)
  57. Union College (New York)
  58. Grinnel College (Iowa)
  59. Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)
  60. Bates College (Maine)
  61. Wake Forest University (North Carolina)
  62. University of Rochester (New York)
  63. Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)
  64. Cooper Union (New York)
  65. Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania)
  66. Macalester College (Minnesota)
  67. Johns Hopkins (Maryland)
  68. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  69. Scripps College (California)
  70. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  71. Villanova University
  72. New York University
  73. University of Washington
  74. Bradeis University (Massachusetts)
  75. Wheaton College (Illinois)
  76. University of Texas, Austin
  77. Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)
  78. University of Southern California
  79. Brigham Young University (Utah)
  80. Occidental College (California)
  81. Centre College (Kentucky)
  82. University of Maryland, College Park
  83. Trinity College (Connecticut)
  84. Connecticut College
  85. Wofford College (South Carolina)
  86. Santa Clara University (California)
  87. University of Florida
  88. Dickinson College (Pennsylvania)
  89. Boston University (Massachusetts)
  90. Georgia Institute of Technology
  91. DePauw University (Indiana)
  92. Earlham College (Indiana)
  93. Rhodes College (Tennessee)
  94. University of Georgia
  95. Denison University (Ohio)
  96. University of Richmond (Virginia)
  97. Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts)
  98. Sewanee-University of the South (Tennessee)
  99. Sara Lawrence College (New York)
  100. Furman University (South Carolina)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mission When Reading Literature

Be on a mission of reading literature: Who is the author? Are there other books by the author? A series of books? What is the author's point of view of information given? Why is she/he providing such information (to get a point across, to share real facts, to allow you to make an opinion)? 

Reading a variety of literature allows you to 
  • understand new information to participate in learning in any group setting (in your own community, in a group or community that you would like to be a part of).
  • make sense of the world around you.
  • communicate your thoughts and opinions, creatively.
  • be able to help others, if necessary.
  • discuss things in a more consistent order.
  • Think. Read a book each day!!!