Science is defined by, ' the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and the natural world through observation and experiment.' Additionally, science is one of the four core curricula of primary education.

Science is widely considered to be the most critical study of education. Science is what makes our world's modern technologies available, allowing people of today to live a life of convenience, a life of awareness and has increased our life expectancy exponentially. Science provides medical services to people like never before, treating illnesses and diseases that were once incurable. In addition, the study of science in today's education is what makes all of today's life advancements possible.

The importance of science is undeniable. The only thing that separates our life today, from that of the dark ages, is, in fact, the studies of science. For this reason, it is our responsibility as a parent, educator or academic authority to stress the importance of science to our youth.

Self-defeating behaviors / be.hav.iors

|selvz||diˈfēt| |biˈhāvyər|

Self-defeating behaviors are any actions an individual demonstrates that negatively affect their life. Self-defeating behaviors are a broad spectrum of unhealthy actions and activities; that vary in method and severity. However, these unhealthy and self-destructive behaviors, as a whole, negatively affect a person's life in one way or another, regardless of the grade of severity.

Self-defeating behaviors are self-destructive and contradictory to any person's success. For instance, a person may aspire and be motivated to save money. However, this particular individual fails to do so, and instead, chooses to spend money on frivolous purchases. This person is displaying a textbook example of a self-defeating behavior. This individual desperately aspires to accomplish a particular goal, yet instead, chooses to sabotage his/her desired objective, personally.

Self-defeating behaviors are common among troubled adolescents. Teens who actively participate in self-destructive behaviors, may not even realize that their negative behaviors will bring self-defeating consequences. For teens such as these, therapeutic resources such as, therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens, may be the most viable option.


Self / es.teem


Self-esteem is the way in which a person views and feels about themselves. An individual who has a high self-esteem holds themselves in high regard and likes who they are as a person. People with high self-esteem are proud to be who they are and are confident in all of the things they do.

A person's self-esteem may stem from how well they do in certain activities and skills that they deem as important. These skills and activities can range from an individual's occupation, schooling, how well they dress, or how their physical appearance compares with peers. If an individual lacks capability of establishing characteristics that they consider important, the individual may then develop a poor self-esteem.

Trou.bled teens and self-esteem

Troubled teens (teenagers who display out of control behaviors), often suffer from a low self-esteem. For one reason or another, troubled teens fail to meet personal standards they set for themselves, as well as, expectation standards set by others. Due to their feelings of inadequacy, troubled adolescents display out of control behaviors and may even self-medicate with harmful addictions. For teens such as these, the behavioral services of a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens is a viable service for parents to consider.

Social studies



The U.S. American National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as, the "integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Social studies is one of the five core courses that is taught in elementary, middle school and high school. Social studies teaches a broad array of subjects such as, sociology, political science, history, economics, religious studies, geography, psychology, anthropology, and civics.

Social studies is the most unappreciated of the core courses. Since the polices put forth by the No Child Left Behind bill in 2001, math and Language arts have become the nation's priority. Since 2001, the United States has put its emphasis on math and language arts, while social studies has assumed a lesser role. Because of this, students feel as though they don't truly have to put their learning efforts into social studies. This is unfortunate, since social studies have more relevance, in terms of social living, than that of math, science, or even English.

The importance of social studies

Social studies teaches students all aspects of society and the world we live in today. Through social studies, students learn about foreign lands, the history of our world's most grand nations, and the politics of old and new. This vast and significant spectrum of education opens the minds of our nation's youth. Social studies promotes empathy for foreign cultures, discourages close mindedness and broadens the understanding of what makes society function. Additionally, social studies teaches our youth what has worked for past cultures, and most importantly, what caused the demise of history's greatest empires.





A student is an individual who is engaging in study at a school or college. Typically, general education starts in kindergarten at the age of 5 or 6 and ends after grade 12, at the age of 17 or 18. Some students will choose to continue their education and participate in additional schooling known as college. Additionally, there are also alternative schools that teach particular vocational skills. These facilities are known as, vocational schools.

Troubled teen students

Generally speaking, troubled adolescents are poor students. Troubled teens are typically not interested in academics. They tend to view academics as an obstacle instead of the crucial tool it truly is. Troubled teens live in the realm of instant gratification. They consider critical subjects, such as academics, to be an obstacle that gets in the way of their fun. Troubled teens see school as a social gathering where they can hang out with their friends and tend to neglect their studies, as they view learning as an annoying chore.

Fortunately for troubled teens who have neglected their student duties, there are plenty of therapeutic programs that offer grade restoration. Therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment programs provide quality educational services, as well as therapeutic recovery.

Student athlete

stu·dent | ath·lete

|ˈst(y)oōdnt| |ˈaθˌlēt|


A student-athlete is a participant in an organized, competitive sport that is sponsored by the school in which they choose to enroll. Student athletes have the stresses of both, being an athlete and full-impudent.

Students who choose to participate in sports are less likely to get caught up in negative, self-destructive behaviors that plague our youth today. This is due to the dedication and hard work that goes into developing athletic skills. As student athletes develop these hard-earned skills, become increasingly interested in furthering their athletic achievements. The type of training student-athletes engages in becomes an active distraction. In addition, student-athletes  focus on their sport, as opposed to what other, negative influences and their self-destructive activities.

Parents of teens should encourage their child to participate in healthy pastimes, such as athletics. Additionally, it would behoove parents of troubled teens to help their struggling child to take part in the character building practices that athletics has to offer.

Study skills

Stud.y / Skills

|ˈstəd ||skil|

Study skills are the ability to study effectively and apply one's knowledge in terms of learning. Study skills are essential to an individual's basic and advanced schooling in academics. Additionally, study skills are also essential for an individual's vocational success.

Typically, an individual first learns to develop study skills during their time of academics. Studying strategies and thorough studying is essential to one's success in achieving adequate marks in school. Additionally, an individual must develop necessary studying techniques and skills in order to complete their education successfully.

After the completion of fundamental academics, a person must then apply their studying aptitude towards their prospective, or desired, occupation. Through effectively applying acquired studying skills, a person can achieve their vocational ambitions successfully. In addition, an individual who expertly develops research and learning techniques, can attain desired positions over competing prospects of an occupation.