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52 percent of all ACT-tested first-generation high school graduates did not meet any of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. This is 40 percent higher than high school graduates as a whole and 63 percent higher than high school graduates from families where at least one parent received a bachelor’s degree.” If you’re counseling at the high school level, this article is well worth your time, since it doesn’t just focus on the statistics, but also on ways to change them.

Over the past two decades, the rise of the Internet and social media initiated a dramatic shift in popular culture: Almost everything that could be sexualized has been sexualized, producing a new generation of girls racing toward womanhood before even finishing puberty.” Another article that’s perhaps only tangentially related to school counseling, but which I think is a worthy read. This one, from Newsweek, talks about the impact of today’s (highly accessible) and sexually obsessed media on young girls. Oh, and here’s a rare thing. I’m actually going to encourage you to read the comment trail, as well.

For some reason, anorexia and bulimia don’t show up in the news as much as I remember them doing in the 90’s (I’m dating myself, but still.) Most of the links that show up in my newsfeeds are from Australia or the UK. This one’s from the Chicago Tribune, though: “While outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa is not common in many countries, researchers found that adolescent girls who took part in a day-treatment program didn’t do any worse than those who stayed at a hospital for months of therapy.” Something to think about for families that are struggling to overcome these potentially deadly illnesses.

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