Category: School of Education

Parents, you’ve been doing pep talks all wrong

February 26th, 2015 in 2015, Amy Baltzell, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Amy Baltzell, School of Education

On my oldest child’s 16th birthday last fall, I engaged in a parental rite of passage: driving her to the Registry of Motor Vehicles for her learner’s permit. To get it, she’d need to pass a 25-question test about traffic rules — and she was a little nervous. So I tried to help…

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“I was a gifted athlete, but my mind got in the way. Now my career is helping people who are gifted performers learn how to deal with fear and self-doubt.”

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A call to cull homes threatened by the sea

February 8th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Douglas Zook, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Douglas Zook, School of Education

The owner of 48 Oceanside Drive had just repaired her $1 million vacation home from a devastating 2013 storm when the Atlantic came crashing through a giant picture window last month…

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“We need to have an unpopular but bolder approach. When you make things like buybacks voluntary, it’s just not something that many people will sign on for . . . we need a more aggressive eminent domain approach where the state helps coastal residents realize the climate change reality.”

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We asked two local academics why you care so much about the Patriots

February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

Adam Naylor, School of Education

Patriots Nation should be grateful for Deflate-gate and all the haters,…

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“We certainly are, but they’re ours. We invest in them and they give us emotional pleasure. It’s a slight escape from our daily lives.”

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Take Plum Island buy-back plan step further — employ eminent domain

February 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Douglas Zook, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

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By Douglas Zook, School of Education

RE “BAKER should use state money to buy at-risk shoreline homes”: Your Jan. 28 editorial calling for state money to be used to buy out shoreline homes is welcome. However, the bill in the Legislature doesn’t go far enough…

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Deflategate: Why would professional teams feel the need to cheat?

January 21st, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

As the NFL works out whether the weather or the New England Patriots were responsible for deflating 11 of the New England Patriots‘ 12 game balls to levels significantly below the NFL’s requirements during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, fans and sports psychologists are talking about the culture of “bracketed morality” that makes cheating a more believable cause…

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“In sports we call this ‘bracketed morality’ when certain moral and ethical behaviors we have in real life don’t have a place on the playing field, or in pro-sports culture. It’s a very insular world and culture that coaches and players live in. So, as long as people around the team are happy with what they’re doing, what people in media and on the outside are saying has no effect on them.”

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Crisis of Confidence

January 9th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

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By Adam Naylor, School of Education

Self-confidence translates poorly… across cultures and onto the playing field. When sitting with a handful of East Asian athletes and discussing characteristics of an excellent competitor, the term “self-confidence” arose in the discussion. The excessively polite silence and the slightly uncomfortable body language that followed the term being bandied about told the story. The concept of “self-confidence” was problematic to them…

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Bullies and Their Victims May Be at Higher Risk of Suicide

January 7th, 2015 in 2015, HealthDay News, Melissa Holt, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Education 0 comments

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A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions…

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“Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth.”

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Why Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is ranked as football’s dirtiest player

December 30th, 2014 in 2014, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, School of Education, Washington Post 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

To understand why the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is often rankedas the “NFL’s dirtiest player,” consider three numbers…

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“Emotions drive athlete behavior much more than rational thought. Intense emotions can lead to incredible performances, but they can also lead to total boneheadedness. Frustration is known to lead to aggression.”

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Student hospitalizations spike, NPS teams up with BU to support kids emotionally

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, Jennifer Greif Green, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments
Jennifer Greif Green, School of Education

Students can’t learn to the best of their ability if they’re suffering internally, and school officials are taking note…

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“Research consistently shows that children with emotional problems are much less likely to feel like they belong and are connected to school, to pass their classes, and to graduate from high school than their peers. Teachers and other school staff are in a terrific position to recognize early signs of emotional problems and to provide needed supports for students.”

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School testing debate looms in Tewksbury

October 5th, 2014 in 2014, Hardin Coleman, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Hardin Coleman, School of Education

Voters at Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting will take up an issue that has polarized parents, teachers and politicians across the nation — the adoption of the Common Core standards and PARCC testing…

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“I think we have to begin to ask whether local control over the educational curriculum in a global economy is still a reasonable approach to education, when our competitors that are outperforming us — Canada, Finland, Singapore and China — are having tremendous success with national curriculums that one can apply universally.”

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