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Scot Hurlburt

Stories by Scot

Experimental Learning in Jeopardy | Kids Count

Today, the experiential landscape of most children has been transformed from the days of my childhood.

Resiliency and Perspective | Kids Count

An eight-year-old boy arrives at home with a sad and distant look on his face because no one wanted to play with him today.

Obesity rates getting worse | Kids Count

An array of public health officials and researchers are forecasting that the current American generation and subsequent generations may not live as long as their parents and they may also live less well.

Parenting Teens | Kids Count

It is a profound understatement that times have changed.

Hitting other people is always wrong | Kids Count

Football is a violent sport where large powerful men have been schooled for many years on how to inflict physical pain on other men who aim to do the same to them.

Bullying A National Concern | Kids Count

October is National Bullying Prevention Month in America.

Alcohol smoking a new risk to youth | Kids Count

Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people.

Congressional generosity seems to go just so far | Kids Count

When the high rollers on Wall Street were about to go “belly up,” Congress acted to save the stockbrokers/banks who created the mess and got richer in the process.

The national debate over gun ownership | Kids Count

A national debate over gun ownership is heating up in America.

Both parents are important | Kids Count

Almost everyone would agree that mothers are vitally important to their families.

Apparently, it does take a village | Kids Count

Last week I travelled to New York City to witness my daughter receiving her master’s degree from New York University.

Then and Now | Kids Count

As a child of the 1950’s, I sometimes wax nostalgic for those times.

Youth facing old and new challenges | Kids Count

Youth today are facing many challenges that I faced as a kid and a number of new challenges.

Electronic cigarettes need a closer look | Kids Count

Though the dangers of cigarettes were long known, it wasn’t until 1971 that television advertisements promoting cigarettes was banned.

Bullying still a problem | Kids Count

A 2014 study on bullying revealed that in spite of a variety of anti-bullying programs at schools and in the community, the instances of bullying and its effects are largely unchanged.

High Cholesterol in Children | Kids Count

In 1960, about 10 percent of adult Americans were obese, overweight by 35 pounds or more.

Food Stamps Aid Children | Kids Count

In 2012, the Food Stamp program in America cost $78.4 billion dollars.

Distracted Driving Deadly | Kids Count

We are a nation of movers and shakers and we are all engaged in trying to keep ourselves from falling off our multi-tasking treadmills.

Our Food Comes From Where! | Kids Count

Over the past weekend I travelled with a friend to an estate sale and auction.

Community service | Kids Count

his week, America celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

2013, not-so-memorable year | Kids Count

Gun violence in America seemed to play out almost daily on the evening news as yet another tragic story of a shooting was revealed.

Forgiveness, a Christmas Gift | Kids Count

I have been watching a documentary about the civil rights movement in America in the 1950’s through the 1970’s.

Music is Magic | Kids Count

Humans are affected in profound and transcendent ways by music.

Older and Wiser | Kids Count

As the Administrator of a senior citizen facility, it has been my privilege to be part of their lives every day.

Emergent Adulthood | Kids Count

The legal definition of the age of majority or being able to vote and sign contracts is 18 years of age.

What the Future Holds

Kids Count

Most agree that the first working computer was developed by German scientist Conrad Zuse in 1936 and was eventually destroyed in an air raid on Berlin during WWII.

Suicide and millennial’s

Kids Count

Suicide is a difficult topic to consider and or write about and I do so to raise the collective consciousness around this enigmatic issue.

Back to School Days…

Kids Count

Now, with Labor Day behind us and the first splashes of tree color developing, children in the North Country will be returning to school.

Being Rich is Getting Better

Kids Count

Recently it was announced that the Obama administration will offer super rich companies a chance to bring back billions of dollars to the U.S. and the government will incentivize them to do so.

Stinking Thinking

Kids Count

The words Stinking Thinking has long been part of the language around alcohol and drug addiction counseling.

Cooperation May Equal Survival

Kids Count

Centuries ago, American industrialists like Rockefeller and Carnegie took Charles Darwin’s theory of the “survival of the fittest” to justify the exploitation of workers and the subsequent inequality that followed.

Allowed to Fail

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid. Parents and teachers no longer employ physical punishments such as hitting with a hand, ruler or object like a belt

Kids need to be allowed to fail sometimes

Kids Count

Many things about being a kid today have changed since I was a kid.

‘New Normal’ in College Cost

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There was a time not too long ago when it was possible to work your way through college with only minimal loans at the completion of your degree.

Father’s Day 2013

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Fathers play a special role in the lives of children.

Graduation 2013

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This past Sunday my daughter graduated from the University of Vermont. It was a day, both sweet and mildly bitter.

A Million Dollars an Hour?

Kids Count

Les Leopold has penned a book that if factual, is enough to you make you very uneasy and at some junctures downright angry.

Happiness Linked to Health

Kids Count

Recently I attended a conference on how happiness affects the health of people in general.

Bullied Boy Dies

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Bailey O’Neil was a handsome, 11 year-old honor student from Darby, Pennsylvania.

Happy not Necessarily Meaningful

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In September of 1942 Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist and nuerologist from Vienna was deported to a Nazi concentration camp along with his elderly parents and pregnant wife.

College Debt Increasing

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American college students have collectively accumulated a whopping $530 billion dollars in college debt.

Class and classroom

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has administered the PISA or Program for International Assessment for years.

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I travelled to New York City to pick my daughter up this past weekend who is just back from Africa.

Hope is Eternal

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Our media dominated world saturates us with news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

School Tragedy

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On the surface, the school shooting at Newtown defies any rational or irrational explanation.

Holidays 2012

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The lights are on many houses and in the distance, snow can be seen on the mountains and that holiday feeling is in the air.

Life after Children

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No more reaching for the milk carton only to find out that it has been put back in the refrigerator empty.

Global Warming Real

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The recent U.S. political campaign held many surprises including super storm “Sandy.”

Education improving

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While much has been made of the American education system and its many shortcomings, the truth tells a different story.

Our pets are family, too

Kids Count

Our pets are so important to us and give rise to great expressions of emotion and love.

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