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REACTIONS

By: Lon Woodbury

The Congressional Hearings by Congressman Miller's Committee on Education and Labor held on the 10th of October sent shock waves through the network of private parent-choice residential schools and programs for teens. There were two initial reactions. One was a kind of "grin and bear it," not get defensive, see the hearings as just politics and work to get on the record the facts of positive accomplishments schools and programs have made in helping children's lives. The other reaction was anger at the misrepresentations made and unfairness at the mischaracterization of private programs.

As some time has passed, this thinking has started to evolve in a direction of taking this as a challenge. The creativity that was the basis of the founding of the private parent-choice industry is again rising to meet this challenge in a way that could make the schools and programs more effective. This is a healthy development that could motivate schools and programs to take an honest look at what they are doing to improve their programs and staffing. A good example of suggestions along these lines is found in an essay in this issue by Dr. Bill Valentine and Dr. Jim Powell called OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING.

Only time will tell whether the resulting changes from this call for program introspection will mean more effective services for the children of parents choosing residential resources or whether they will just provide better cover to satisfy regulators. In the meantime, it will be wise to keep in mind the realities of politics in Washington D.C. Congress is not necessarily a temple of wisdom. Power is the name of the game and decisions are not made so much on the basis of "seeing the light" as they are based on "feeling the heat!"

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Tacitus' Realm / good advice for anyone
« on: December 13, 2007, 03:13:52 AM »
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/ ... 23075.html

Senator's strip tip: wear clean undies


Northern Territory senator Nigel Scullion describes the night he was handcuffed to a pole and stripped down to his jocks as "a terrific night out".
Photo: Glenn Campbell
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If you are going to be handcuffed to a stripper's pole, the Nationals' new deputy leader has a word of advice - make sure you wear clean underwear.

It was recently revealed that Northern Territory senator Nigel Scullion visited a Russian strip club in 1998.

And he said it was a terrific night "out with the boys".

Three years before he became a senator, the now senior politician was leading an Australian delegation to a global fisheries conference when he took a boozy detour to the St Petersburg establishment.

The senator was then hauled up on stage, handcuffed to a pole and stripped down to his jocks.

"It was a terrific night, it really was," he told ABC Radio.

"If you ever get an offer to go drinking with Icelandic whalers and Canadian crab fishermen, take them up on it."

Asked if he was "pretty drunk", Senator Scullion replied: "We all were, yeah, indeed.

"Two important lessons out of life from that, don't let anyone handcuff you to a post and make sure you always wear clean underwear," he said.

Last week Senator Scullion, 51, was elected deputy leader of the Nationals.

He said today he was not ashamed of his Russian escapade, which occurred when he was a fisherman and before he was elected to the Senate in 2001.

"I don't spend a lot of time sort of hanging around sleazy strip joints in Russia," he said.

"It's unfortunate that people would see that as a very bad thing. This was 10 years ago and I was a fisherman. Everybody has a colourful past, I think most territorians do."

The senator's infamous night ended when a fight broke out between Russian sailors and other patrons and he was forced to flee.

Four months ago prime minister Kevin Rudd was outed over a drunken visit to a New York "gentlemen's club" in 2003 with Territory Labor MP Warren Snowdon.

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Open Free for All / business time
« on: December 11, 2007, 05:47:15 AM »

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The Troubled Teen Industry / private school boy shows serious courage
« on: November 24, 2007, 08:06:22 AM »
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/les ... 10035.html

if only every kid tried to expose corruption like this!

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Open Free for All / One woman's meya culpa
« on: November 09, 2007, 07:35:12 PM »
This was in a print magazine so unfortunately no link. Those who had horror kids may relate

Im sorry mum Marieke Hardy
Ive given my Mama absolute hell over the years. I don’t know why. I was a cloyingly well behaved child, and an eager to please tween. We were thick as thieves when we travelled overseas together, did tag team nudie runs down the hall to freak out the neighbours, were openly modern about boys and sex. I revered her and imitated her, showed her off to my friends and dressed up in her old clothes when she was not looking. In turn she introduced me to musical theatre, Lennon and Dorothy Parker. She was my hero and main source of comfort, she was witty and smart and she slayed people with her heart. She was my everything.

Then I turned 12 and thing started to go awry. Im not sure what chemical imbalance exists inside the brains of pubescent girls that makes them reach a certain age and turn –often violently and with no prior warning – against the women who painstakingly brought them into the world; suckled them and clothed them and crammed them full of bewitching genes. Relationships between mothers and daughters are traditionally fraught and for the most part tensions peak around the heady hormonal years of puberty. What is it about turning 13 that makes you call your mother- your mother- a complete bitch who you hope gets run over by a bus on her way home from a neighbourhood watch meeting? What kind of little psychopath are you anyway?

 I was a horror teenager, the worst. But mum lived through the emotional tsunami of my adolescence and survived without hiring somebody called Big Tony to bump me off, a testament to her mighty inner zen warrior. I fought, I bit, I kicked literally. I railed against everything she stood for and called her a thousand abusive names. God knows why. Her rules were not overly strict. She allowed me my minor victories. In later years she would say ‘ I raised you to be independent- I just was not ready for how how early in your life you chose to do it

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Hyde Schools / Hyde on phil Donahue
« on: October 21, 2007, 12:35:21 AM »
Apparently in the 80's the Donahue show did some sort of
"Feature" on this school. Are there any ex students who remember this? Were involved?

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Pathways
« on: October 04, 2007, 06:06:35 AM »
I posted this in the facility q&a section as well

Gookie once posted a thread asking if people knew anything About programs in other countries. I read an article about adolescent girls in the melbourne Age and this place was mentioned. Below is it's website and a couple of TV chat show fluff pieces largely for the purposes of promotion. it looks to be an interesting idea. Fathers and their early adolescent sons or mothers and daughters go camping in the bush for 5 days. The male one seems all about mountain men stuff but they mentioned the female one involved cabins and proper showers. The emphasis is apparently on the parent spending time with the kid and building them up. One slant i liked was that it talked a lot about busy parents having to leave behind their phones and work stuff as opposed to talking about how entitled the kid was and why this meant taking away things from them. It also mentioned that while it takes some families who are going through a rough patch it is primarily aimed at improving parent child communication before problems start.

It was oddly secretive about what the workshops and activities involved. I don't know if this was because of copy right issues, or because it was some kind of odd Lgat thing or because boys like all of that secret mens business crap. there was also much discussion of sharing in a safe environment which reminded me a little of programs.

 Could this be what American wilderness should aim for or is it a softer way to penetrate the Oz market to make way for tougher programs for troubled kids? For those who have seen marketing for programs on US breakfast type telly- in what way is it different or similar?


http://www.pathwaysfoundation.com.au/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSo3U3j6A0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSlQSkxVEpQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WphwBFHqmTc

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Facility Question and Answers / pathways foundation
« on: October 03, 2007, 08:25:26 AM »
Gook once posted a thread asking if people knew anything About programs in other countries. I read an article  about adolescent girls in the melbourne Age and this place was mentioned. Below is it's website and a couple of TV chat show fluff pieces largely for the purposes of promotion. it looks to be an interesting idea. Fathers and their early adolescent sons or mothers and daughters go camping in the bush for 5 days. The male one seems all about mountain men stuff but they mentioned the female one involved cabins and proper showers. The emphasis is apparently on the parent spending time with the kid and building them up. One slant i liked was that it talked a lot about busy parents having to leave behind their phones and work stuff as opposed to talking about how entitled the kid was and why this meant taking away things from them.

It was oddly secretive about what the workshops and activities involved. I don't know if this was because of copy right issues, or because it was some kind of odd Lgat thing or because boys like all of that secret mens business crap. What do people think. Could this be what American wilderness should aim for or is it a softer way to penetrate the Oz market to make way for tougher programs?  


http://www.pathwaysfoundation.com.au/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSo3U3j6A0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSlQSkxVEpQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WphwBFHqmTc

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The Troubled Teen Industry / stepcraft
« on: September 27, 2007, 07:39:45 PM »
Where does this term come from in relation to 12 step programs?

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The Troubled Teen Industry / New Who pledge
« on: September 26, 2007, 05:32:34 AM »
it looks like because he was able to manipulate Psy into becoming his champion The Who is here to stay. This is ironic because it is the who that normally accuses the kids stuck in his beloved nutbar schools of such a practice. Such is life. Froderick mentioned the old who pledge. I could not find it. So I created a new one

I vow to ignore the who. I will not respond to his advertorials, trollings or made up statistics

When he posts on a forum I will just let the remark hang there and respond to everyone else

I will not banter with him and offer t shirts or other Hilarious endorsements. This afterall looks like I approve of his right to advertise  the Aspen we kill and hurt kids for fun and profit education group (at least 4 deaths so far)

I will not praise his "courage" for having the guts to pedal his views on legally sanctioned child abuse on a largely anon internet forum after all any dickhead can do this.

If anyone wishes me to add things please feel free to make a suggestion. Ginger can we please make this or a similar/better  pledge that someone puts up a sticky?

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Open Free for All / finnish YMCA
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:49:55 AM »

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Open Free for All / tania levin interview
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:46:16 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLzmTJ770K0

this was a part of an interview with an ex fundamentalist who has just written a book on her experiences

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CEDU / Brown Schools and derivatives / clones / Math @ CEDU
« on: September 05, 2007, 05:32:23 AM »
I can remember talking to some CEDU alumni who said that there were not traditional math classes there. Can anyone remember what the math classes were called and what they consisted of?

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Brat Camp / season 2 in Oz
« on: July 28, 2007, 09:52:37 AM »
The skinny is that they shelved season 2 for a long time because it might turn audiences off but following on the success of Teen Fit Camp the Public Broadcaster ABC has decided the public mood has shifted enough for it to be a ratings winner. For Shame

Below is a review of it and a link to the ABC's public bulletin board. It would be most helpful if anyone from the US could post their first hand knowledge of such places. i was somewhat encouraged to see a less than positive reaction.

http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/Mess ... &dm=1&pd=3

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv-reviews/b ... 50539.html

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