Month: November 2011

40 Informative Sites to Learn About Effective Special Education Teaching Methods

I was recently contacted by Mr. Matt Holden who writes articles for:  a website dedicated to providing students with the information and tools needed in order to pursue their Masters in Special Education.

Mr. Holden wrote this very informative piece that I think many parents and teachers alike would find very interesting.
The link to his article is:

I strongly encourage you to check it out and spread the word around about the article.

It’s loaded with great information



“What’s the Matter With Kids These Days”

I know, it’s bad and getting worse out there. Just reading a few quotes will remind us how badly things are decaying:
"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers." 
Sounds like a lot of our modern complaining, but the quote was attributed to Socrates
(circa, 469 – 533 B.C.E.).
Then there is the writing found on a 6000 year old Egyptian Tomb:
"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit  taverns and have no self control."
Hesiod, in 8th century B.C.E, reminded us, "When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint."

Thanks, Hesiod.

Hmmm, sound like anyone in 2011?
In the much more modern era of 1274, A.D., Peter the Hermit was hand wringing in his hermit cave when he noted, "The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint… As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress."


Wow, wonder what those girls were wearing back in the 1200s?
We were told about hordes of teens and pre-teens running  wild in American city streets in the 1880’s, dodging authorities, "gnawing away at the foundations of society," as a commentator put it.
In 1963, they sang about the declining behavior of kids in the Bye Bye Birdy:
“What the devil’s wrong with these kids today?
 Who could guess the they would turn out that way!
 Why can’t they be like we were,
 Perfect in every way?
So, maybe it just comes down to the wisdom of the Talking Heads (1981) telling us…
“Same as it ever was…Same as it ever was.”


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