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Targeting Teen Gadget Addiction

There has been a lot in the news recently about gadget and smartphone addiction among teens, pre-teens and even young children. It’s reached the point where two investor groups have urged Apple to play a role in curbing smartphone use. They cite studies on the negative effects on children’s health of smartphones and social media. […]

The importance of acquiring lifelong learning skills

A new study by the global consultancy firm, McKinsey & Company, predicts that over the next 13 years, as many as 70 million workers in the United States will be forced to find another way to make money. Why is that? The answer is found in two words: automation and robots. The impact will be […]

SuperCamp Dream Comes True – Eighteen Years Later!

Nita Rao‎, June 8 at 4:03pm.  When I was 13 years old at SuperCamp, our counselor asked us what we wanted to “be” when we grew up. He gave us each a square plank of wood and asked us to write our goal on one side of the board and then the obstacle that stood […]

It Starts by Talking: The Power of Effective Apologies in Communication

Perhaps no single area of communication is as important as the apology. It’s an admission of fault and an expression of contrition. A plea for forgiveness is often the first step in moving a relationship forward. But doing an apology right isn’t easy. Even this month, the news has been full of people and companies […]

Beyond IQ: Why Einsteins Are So Last Year

For most of the 20th century, two letters—IQ—have been used to define human intelligence. But lately, especially in academic and behavioral theory circles, people are rethinking whether intelligence quotient is actually so important. Instead, they’re increasingly replacing the “I” with an “E”—for emotional intelligence. It’s still good to be smart, but EQ is the new […]

How Motivational Camp Can Reveal the Power of Failure

Revolutionaries have always had a different take on failure than the rest of us. Thomas Edison, the man who brought us light bulbs and telephones, found a silver lining in failure, saying, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” One of the 20th century’s most inspirational […]

The Right Attitude – An Important Learning Asset

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou We ask students at SuperCamp and in our Quantum Learning for Students programs if they’ve ever tried something new and were convinced they wouldn’t be able to do it right? Then we ask them if they’ve ever been […]

8 Keys of Excellence – Character Education is a Cornerstone of Positive Youth Development

The best way to connect with kids and diminish the prevalence of bullying and other socially unacceptable behavior is with effective character education in the home and in schools. In his paper entitled “The Relationships Between Character Education and the Prevention of Problem Behaviors: A Position Statement,” the late Dr. Victor Battistich of the University […]