There’s nothing that can truly prepare you for the role of being a parent. And when your children reach adolescence, and then become teenagers, the job of a parent can become enormously challenging. How should parents strike a healthy balance between setting reasonable boundaries for teenagers, while at the same time enabling them to develop the skills they need to become independent, responsible and productive adults? What community resources are available to parents, and what support should they expect schools to provide? In this episode Justice Brownstone’s expert guests will share their wisdom and experience about an aspect of parenting that receives far too little attention in the media.
Jean Bigelow – School Principal and Parent Consultant
Jean Bigelow is a mother of three grown children and grandmother to 4 year-old twin girls. She is an elementary school principal and has been in the field of education for 40 years, working with students from ages 4 to 18 and their parents. She is authorized as a Neufeld Course Facilitator, offering Dr. Neufeld’s Power to Parent series to Victoria area residents. She also consults with parents regarding their children. She has completed a two-year diploma program with the Neufeld Institute in providing consultation to parents.
Hank Nuwer – Author of Wrongs of Passage – Franklin College Professor
Hank Nuwer is best known for his four young adult and adult books on the topic of hazing in society—including High School Hazing. Hank Nuwer is a writer and social critic whose specialty is the topic of hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and USA high school and campus safety issue. His first investigative story on hazing appeared in 1978 for Human Behavior Magazine, including his groundbreaking interview on hazing as a form of “Groupthink” conducted with Groupthink theorist Irving Janis of Yale University.
He teaches journalism at Franklin College in Indiana but speaks on hazing at schools such as Oregon, Kenyon College, Maine, Toronto, Cornell, Chico State, Dartmouth, Michigan and Stetson. He also speaks on the art of nonfiction storytelling at writer conferences such as the Ball State Midwest Writers Conference.
Nuwer’s philanthropy work is for HazingPrevention.org and the Buffalo State Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection for scholars, students and journalists. He is a columnist for Stophazing.org. He publishes a daily hazing blog at hanknuwer.com/blog. He is a longtime advisory board member of Security on Campus.
Nuwer also has written To the Young Writer, a book for young adults on the business of writing as seen through the eyes of such well-known authors as Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of Shiloh; Angelo Pizzo, the screenwriter of Hoosiers, and multicultural author Toyomi Gibson. His book To the Young Writeris a New York Public Library 2002 award winner for Best Books for Young Adult readers.
Nuwer’s current book, The Hazing Reader, is comprised of fifteen essays on the culture of hazing by experts such as Michael Gordon, Walter Kimborough, Stephen Sweet, and Lionel Tiger. The book examines hazing behavior in fraternal organizations, high school, the military, and sports and finishes with suggestions on how to transform a hazing culture.
The Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award is named after Nuwer and is awarded annually to persons involved in anti-hazing work.
Pina Ferraro – Teacher
Pina Ferraro is a Special Education Teacher with over 15 years experience working with children from 3 to 14 years of age. Throughout her career, she has taught a range of grades and subjects across the curriculum. Mrs. Ferraro now works with children who are deemed exceptional, including children with ADD/ADHD, various Learning Disabilities, and Autism. She has a firm belief that parents are true partners in their children’s education and must always do what is best for the child, especially during parental conflict.
Mrs. Ferraro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labour Management Relations from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from York University. In addition, Mrs. Ferraro has qualifications in Religion and a Specialist in Special Education.
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