Why School Should Start Later for Teens (TEDx)

January 11, 2020

Dear Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes,

You know, there is credible evidence that high school should start later in the day and a variety of reasons why this could make school a better experience for students. What do you think? Does that sound credible to you?

Let’s watch the video below about this topic and discuss at Remind.com. Even a one-word response to the video would be a good starting place for a useful interesting discussion. (By the way, you can see what others have said at https://www.ted.com/talks/wendy_troxel_why_school_should_start_later_for_teens/discussion.)

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Teens don’t get enough sleep, and it’s not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones — it’s because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early school start times deprive adolescents of sleep during the time of their lives when they need it most.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxManhattanBeach, an independent event.


How to Interact with Disabled People (TEDx)

January 30, 2020

Dear Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes,

Have you ever noticed that we sometimes find it easy to interact with people but that there are times we struggle? Have you ever stopped to think about why it’s challenging to interact with some people?

This excellent TEDxYouth talk will give us some insight into how we ought to interact with people with physical and/or emotional disabilities. Remember, Rotary’s Four-Way Test applies to all people!

By the way, this talk took place in Columbia, SC – our back yard.

Let’s watch and discuss this ar Remind.com. I look forward to your observations and questions!

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At age 13, Victoria’s guidance counselor told her that her disability meant that she would never be able to attend her dream school. Such everyday interactions with individuals and institutions can be frustrating for people with disabilities and through this talk, Victoria explains how society can better relate to those whose challenges seem incomprehensible. Victoria Hamilton (College of Charleston, ‘14) is changing how the world views disabled people in higher education. Hamilton (born July 11, 1991) grew up in Roswell, Georgia and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after her mother noticed she wasn’t hitting her developmental milestones. After not being able to speak, she was enrolled in full-time speech therapy all that lasted through secondary school. After graduating with a B.S degree in psychology, Hamilton became a childcare provider for disabled children. She works at the Medical University of South Carolina, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Savannah Memorial Health Hospital serving the disabled community. She is the Disability Specialist at the College of Charleston’s center for disabilities services. She recently got accepted to Wheelock’s Master of Social Work program. Although it has taken years of hard work, cerebral palsy has not stopped her from overcoming these obstacles. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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