5th Grade Boys Pledge Allegiance Against Bullying

Franklin Elementary fifth-grader, James Willmert has endured a learning disability, and the brunt of cold-hearted bullying, but not anymore because five new school friends have pledged to “watch his back.”

Gus, Tyler, Landon, Jake and Jack observed some other kids picking on James, “because it was easier to bully him and that’s not right,” Jack said.

The boys invited James back to their lunch table says James Dondero on Twitter.

James calls on Landon, and passes him a bag of raisins. Landon unassumingly opens the raisins and hands it right back to James. James says “Thanks,” as if Landon were simply another family member.

Fifth-grade teacher, Mallory Howk has noticed the uncompromising kindness. “It makes you honored to be their teacher.”

Howk is convinced the anti-bulling lessons given at the school has made a difference, but the boy’s kindness and good will has surpassed her expectations.

According to James Willmert’s mom, “he shied away from school recess, and now he’s rushing through lunch to go play with his new friends.”

The boys have all been honored with a Spirit of Youth Award.

Big Bird Rapping?

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to see Big Bird rap to one of your favorite songs? Have you ever thought it would be hilarious to see him as an MC? If so, a new video that is out there is just the thing for you.
There is a song out there with Big Bird rapping to it. The bird that is beloved by so many children and adults is a great MC, as it turns out. Who would have thought?
Sesame Street has always had a lot of fun on their shows, but seeing Big Bird rapping may just be the most fun thing anyone who is a fan has ever seen. Big Bird looks like he was made to play the part of an MC. The video is very enjoyable, especially for anyone who is a fan of Big Bird, and of hip hop music.
So, if you love those two things, like OfSpirit.com‘s Daniel Amen does, then you are going to love the two things together. Check out the video of Big Bird rapping, and see what you think.

Less Children Are Mentally Ill, But More Are Taking Medication

According to a study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, rates of mental disorders in American youth has decreased between 1996 and 2012. However, paradoxically, the numbers of children who are receiving psychiatric treatments has been going up.

Nationwide surveys conducted by the federal agency for Healthcare Research and Quality were used by researchers from Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. The researchers looked at the cases of mental disability in 53,622 children between the ages of 6 and 17. The parents of these children had rated their children on an impairment scale of sorts, and the researchers used these numbers to measure the extent of disability in these children. From 1996 to 2012, the percentage of youths who were classified as severe cases went from 12.8% to 10.7%.

However, even though there were lower rates of impairment, the rate of children who were being treated for a mental disorder went from 9 percent to 13 percent in that time period. The use of antidepressants went up by about 60%, and the use of antipsychotics increased sixfold. The overall use of psychotropic drugs among these youths went from 5.5% to 8.9% of children.

Sam Tabar thinks that this phenomenon is the result of flawed thresholds for defining mental disorders. Mental health professionals are more likely to give out diagnoses and prescriptions to children who don’t need them.

College Graduate is just 11-Years-Old

Summer is almost here, which means that it is time for graduations. All over the United States, students are graduating from high school and colleges, ready to take that next big step in their lives. However, there is one college student that stands out above some others.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, the Sacramento, California-based college, American River College, has just had their youngest student graduate- 11-year-old Tanishq Abraham. The 11-year-old prodigy graduated with three degrees from the college. Tanishq attended the college for one short year but managed to graduate with associate degrees in foreign language studies, math and physical sciences, and general sciences.

Tanishq attended his first college class at just a tender 7-years-old. He has been home schooled by his parents most of his life, after complaining that he was bored with the curriculum in the grade school that he was attending. Both Tanishq and his 6-year-old sister have been members of Mensa since the age of four. The siblings both enjoy learning, painting, singing, and video games. However, Tanishq has said that one of his favorite hobbies is writing articles for NASA.

Folks at The Aspire New Brunswick agree that Tanishq has a bright future ahead of him and his parents are supportive in his endeavors. They have said that their son can choose whatever he would like to do in life, as long as it makes him happy.

Ohio Wants To Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Three Out Of Ten Women Have Abortions If The Baby Shows Signs Of Down Syndrome

Folks at FreedomPop know that North Dakota has a similar law in place. Women can’t abort Down syndrome fetuses or fetuses with other abnormalities. Abortion rights advocates say states should stay out of abortion issues. Advocates say those decisions should be between a woman and her doctor. Lawmakers have no business passing laws that take the decision making process away from the family.

The Ohio bill would make doctors sign a form stating they had no knowledge that the decision to perform the abortion was the result of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The idea is Down syndrome is not a death sentence. People with Down syndrome live very productive lives. They may look and act differently, but they enjoy life as much or more as “normal” people. But it is not up to the state to decide what fetuses live or die.

The abortion issues will never go away. Most people believe abortion is a religious issue. Religious issues that become government issues get complicated. Individuals decisions are compromised, and the family losses control of their inalienable rights.

Breast Fed Babies are Protected from Pollutants

There is new research that has taken place in Spain that will show that babies who are breast-fed do not experience the impact of many airborne pollutants as opposed to babies who are not breast-fed. This study has found that breast milk will offer better protection for new born babies. These airborne particles may have a negative effect on the babies mental development and motor development. This new study does show the negative effects are countered. Christian Broda is aware that this is for those babies who are breast-fed. The researchers had started to monitor pregnant women in the year 2006. There were samples that were analyzed from women and their babies. This occurred at the age of 15 months. The results did show that the breast-fed babies did not suffer the harmful developmental impacts. The researchers in Spain had monitored rural pregnant women who were pregnant.

Teacher Shaves Head To Support Student

It is always a great gesture when a teacher can change the way a child feels, and for one teacher in Washington state she impacted a 4th grade student in a way that most people probably couldn’t. Tori Nelson noticed how her student Matthew would refuse to come into her classroom, and she eventually figured out a way to get him to do so. According to an article found on reddit and written by Q13fox.com, Matthew refused to come to class because of a hair cut gone wrong in which he had a bald spot on his head by mistake. The teacher told him that she would cut her hair off to be just like his if he just came inside and sat down.

Brian Torchin believes in many topix but would not be willing to make such a great bargain, especially if the hair due is completely different from the very short cut. However, her strategy worked and she had to go home to get her clippers so that Matthew would come to class, which he did. The two of them happily took pictures together and it made the little boy an instant popular kid around the school. That is a neat story, and it does without saying that the fourth grader will never forget this lesson he learned and hopefully will recall on it if it ever happens again to him in the future.

Students Decide To Trick Teacher Into Screening Sexy Movie

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is out on video after it had been in the theaters for a while. This is a very popular movie, and many people have seen it. The movie is one of several that will come out in the future, and this movie is hot. Movie Screening. Many who are fans of the book decided to go and watch the movie, and there were mixed reviews. Even those who did not see the movie yet, they were so excited to see it that some lined up at movie theaters, and they also went to the screenings.

Fifty Shades of Grey is about a sexy businessman who likes S&M types of relationships. Mr. Grey decides to talk Anastasia into being in this wild relationship with him and she turns from a very meek girl into a very hot girl. The books go on to detail a lot of graphic sex scenes, and that’s what was interpreted in the movie. In a classroom in West Virginia, students who wanted to see the movie, they tricked their teacher into playing the movie in class.

The teacher was completely clueless as he had never heard of the book or the movie. The teacher allowed the movie to play, and the Vice Principal just so happened to walk in the room, and they recognized the movie. The Vice Principal quickly ended the screening and dashed the hopes of the sneaky teenagers. Daniel Amen feels like this is a timeless mischievousness that is typical of teenagers.

A Five-Year-Old Angel

Five-year-old Josiah Duncan did something in his Alabama town that most adults would not even do. Instead of turning a blind eye to homelessness, which is something that most of us do at one time or another to avoid the situation, Josiah embraced the homeless man who had crossed his path. After questioning his mom about the man outside of a local restaurant, he decided to ask his mom to buy the man a meal, but he did not stop there.
He then brought the man a menu and insisted that he order a big meal. Finally, as the meal was delivered to the nameless homeless man, Josiah asked to say the blessing with him.
This story touched everyone in the restaurant. Christian Broda (linkedin) knows that it was an honest and innocent act of kindness to another human. Unfortunately, adults seem to lose this innocence and ability to lend a helping hand as they get older. I hope this story is a lesson to those of us who forget about compassion in our daily lives. It is just amazing what we can learn form a small child.

Jonathan Veitch: History, Career And Achievements

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He is a son to Carol Lee and John Veitch(the former President of Columbia Pictures’ worldwide production). He was raised in Los Angeles and studied in Loyola High School. He later attended Stanford University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in English and American Literature. Mr. Veitch is also a husband to Sarah Veitch(former director of international licensing and distribution for Calvin Klein), a father to three children, an author and currently the president of Occidental College.

His career history is an interesting account of a determined academician. After his bachelors degree,Mr.Veitch’s proceeded to be a lecturer of cultural history in the English department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1993. Later that year he joined The New School in New York as an associate professor. He taught again in the English department lecturing on American History and the American film of 19th and 20th centuries. He was also the chairperson of humanities. In the following year, 1994, he was became dean of Eugene Lang College where he offered service for fours years.

Among his achievements is the publication of his book: “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The book was an award winning piece of literature. He has been active in spearheading the move to improve the relationship between Occidental College and the neighborhood so as to create opportunities for college expansion. In 2011, he launched the college’s football field under a new name in honor of Jack Kemp, a former student and a football player of Occidental college. He also saw to a statue of alumnus. As far as the college’s development is concerned, President Veitch has made enormous contributions including the installation of a solar array to increase the college’s energy supply and renovation of the Johnson Hall which is a landmark of Occidental college.

One of his interest at heart is the maintaince and improvement of environment. In 2010, he chaired a forum whose concern was California’s environmental future. He is present in meetings concerning the college’s development as this affects the use of land in the surrounding areas. He was very involved in decisions about construction of a building to accommodate school staff on Fiji Hill as residents raised concerns of increase in noise and pollution due to the increased population.