ideas

This section is devoted to issues that confront our schools and ideas to make them safer.

A Poisoned Well; Turning Back the Tide of Prejudice

by Robert Kenneth Jones I was aware of prejudice when I was growing up in Danville, Illinois during the 1950’s.  Not that Danville was dissimilar to anywhere else nor that the decade of McCarthyism was so much worse than previous ones.  But compared with the more politically correct era of polite-speak practiced for the last…

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Why Honor Matters; Revitalizing an ancient virtue in today’s classroom

While the idea of honor may seem outdated, Robert Kenneth Jones makes a convincing case why it’s still critical to modern society. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself.  Read on and consider the many ways to introduce young people to this…

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The Opioid Epidemic; New Trends and Innovative Solutions

Opioid use among adolescents and young adults continue to rise. For police officers in middle schools and high schools, this is one more life-threatening crisis that must be managed. The good news is that there have been breakthroughs and innovations in addressing the problem. In this post, Bob Jones explores new treatments and possibly a bit…

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Hope, Patience, and Love; Three Virtues of Happiness

Columnist Robert Kenneth Jones reflects on three timeless virtues essential to all those who work with youth. It doesn’t take careful observation to realize that there is way too much worry, too much hurry and too much hate.  They ooze out of social media, our televisions, our schools and workplaces, our government, and even our…

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