TESTIMONIALS

Offset District Budget Cuts by Turning Off Your TV
The Mehlville School District is settling the final list for millions of dollars in budget cuts, none of which are unnecessary items. Cuts like these can be scary for a parent because of the damage they might have on their child's future. However, if you are an informed parent, you can make up some of the difference with a negligible amount of effort. Simply turn off the television, video games and Internet.

Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies by everyone from the American Medical Association to the American Academy of Pediatrics have been harping on this issue for decades, but little of it has been seriously considered by the typical Mehlville family. Such was the case with mine until I met a passionate man named Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.

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SAN FRANCISCO School's challenge: No TV
Students asked to go cold turkey on television time for 10 days in bid to curb bullying on playground.

n 2001, the event started as a way to address health issues, with the idea that children were spending too much time on the couch watching television and not enough time interacting with family or exercising. Increasingly, however, schools like Visitacion Valley are looking for ways to reduce violence and aggression in the community and on the schoolyard -- and they've put television and video games on the list. Research has found that children who cut back on screen time are less verbally and physically aggressive on the playground, said Stanford Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Thomas Robinson.

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Police Department and School Resource Officers:
One boy, when he was in the fourth grade, had ninety seven referrals to the office for discipline problems and was arrested four times that year. When he was in the program in fifth grade, he only had four referrals to the office and no arrests. One of the school officers moved to the middle school and the students who had been in the program continued with their good behavior throughout the year.

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Elementary School in Michigan:
A school in Rockford has embraced the SMART Curriculum and the results were fantastic. Fourth grade teacher, Megan McCall developed and implemented a ten day “detox” program for students leading up to the M.E.A.P. testing period. The students and their families were encouraged to follow the program prior to the M.E.A.P. testing. The “detox” entailed a commitment to no audio or visual exposure, including TV and video games, and instead play board and athletic games with their families. Students signed pledges, co-signed by parents, vowing to avoid video and online activities such as Facebook. By the time testing started last week, she said her students were different.

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Primary School in Strasbourg, France:
ECOconseil, an Institute in Ecology and Citizenship, worked with teachers and students to empower 254 children to spend 10 days without any screens: no TV, no computer,and no videogames. All the kids survived and successfully managed to live without any screen 90 percent of the time.

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Parent of Teenage Son:
I have noticed a significant change in your son last week and want to share that information with you. He seems more alert, interested, and is more responsive to his surroundings both in and out of class. He engages in the lessons, participates, sits up, seems eager to learn and actively takes notes. It appears to me that he has more energy and is more lively. In my opinion, he is a different kid, in a good way!!!!!!!

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