TITLE

What It Took to Pull Me Through

AUTHOR(S)
Marcus, David L.
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p67
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a narrative of how the author dealt with journalism involving adolescents, particularly the troubled ones. When an editor at U.S. News & World Report asked the author to write about boarding schools for troubled teenagers, he did his best to avoid the assignment, and looked for something else to cover. Reluctantly however, he ran out of other thousand-word diversions and started the reporting. He found several dozen of these places, called therapeutic schools. All offered intense therapy and hour-by-hour structure. More important, the author learned that many of U.S. teenagers struggle with alcoholism, eating disorders, and a host of mental illnesses, from depression to schizophrenia. Visiting a therapeutic boarding school in western Massachusetts, the Academy at Swift River, the author met kids who did not fit his stereotype. They were funny, bright and, due to hours and hours of therapy, very open about what had gone wrong in their lives. Some were wealthy but others were from middle-class families that took out loans to pay for Swift River's fees. The experience has made the author cynical about newspaper and magazine features. He now distrusts drive-by reporting on welfare reform, on education, and especially on teens.
ACCESSION #
15509052

 

Related Articles

  • HarlemLive provides rich life for teenagers. Delaney, Yvonne // New York Amsterdam News;6/6/2002, Vol. 93 Issue 23, p5 

    Focuses on the foundation of the Internet newsmagazine, HarlemLive in New York City. Evolution from a technology-based journalism program; Educational outlet for the growth and aspirations of teenagers; Coverage of the curriculum.

  • Community-Based Residential Child and Youth Care Work: Opportunity or Oxymoron? Beker, Jerome // Child & Youth Care Forum;Aug1999, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p257 

    Highlights the symposium entitled "Community-Based Residential Child and Youth Care Work: Opportunity or Oxymoron?" Information on studies that comprise the symposium; Criticism on residential education; Implications of the studies.

  • The skinny on the Sierras.  // Girls' Life;Feb/Mar2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p15 

    The article presents information on the Academy of the Sierras, which is located near Fresno, California. The boarding school not only focuses on academics but obesity. The Sierra students are all overweight. Students in this school munch on a daily limit of 1,200 calories, except for unlimited...

  • Tasting Someone Else's World. Schroeder, Erica // Teen Ink;Nov2003, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p47 

    The article discusses the experiences of the author on her stay at TASIS, an international boarding school in Portugal. She reveals that the school has campuses throughout Europe where teenagers break language barriers and form friendships. She mentions some of the lessons she learned from her...

  • Brown Schools Inc. Shuts Its Doors. Borja, Rhea R. // Education Week;4/13/2005, Vol. 24 Issue 31, p8 

    This article focuses on matters related to Brown Schools Inc. Brown Schools Inc., a for-profit company that runs therapeutic education programs for teenagers who have emotional or behavioral problems, abruptly filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The...

  • How a Cult Spawned the Tough-Love Teen Industry. Szalavitz, Maia // Mother Jones;Sep/Oct2007, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p46 

    This article discusses the billion-dollar teen residential treatment industry, including emotional growth boarding schools, wilderness camps, and "tough love" anti-drug programs. The author suggests that this harsh approach to helping troubled teens has a long and disturbing history. Many can...

  • Letter from London. Campbell, James // Antioch Review;Spring2002, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p333 

    Features Christopher Logue, a writer from Great Britain. Concern showed by Logue for his social reputation; Information on the Roman Catholic boarding-school he attended in Southsea, England; Participation in the army.

  • Tom Dolby. Henderson, William // Advocate;1/29/2008, Issue 1001, p59 

    The article presents an interview with author Tom Dolby, whose latest novel is entitled "The Sixth Form." Topics discussed include the sexuality of his main characters, why boarding schools are typically interesting settings for novels, and whether he has exorcised any demons he had left from...

  • Alessandro Manzoni.  // Italian Lakes: (Landmark Visitors Guide;2004 4th Edition, p111 

    This article features author Alessandro Manzoni. Alessandro Manzoni was born on his father's estate close to Lake Como in 1785. He was sent to boarding school when he was five. Manzoni had begun writing poetry by the age of 16. He married in 1808 and later moved back to Italy.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics