Archive for the 'Education Issues and Ideas' Category

“Dr. Collin Diedrich has a Ph.D in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a 2nd year postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focuses on how HIV increases individuals susceptibility to tuberculosis. Collin has aspirations to become an advocate for people with learning […]

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I came across this piece written by someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. She makes some important points to consider concerning the judgmental implications of terms such as “high functioning and low functioning.” I’m a fan of precise and descriptive diagnostic work, but the writer points out the subtle and unspoken judgements that accompany some of our […]

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In this recent opinion piece in the NY Times, “The Upside of Dyslexia” science writer Annie Murphy Paul cites a few experiments that causes her to wonder about the positive attributes and cognitive abilities that may occur naturally in people who have dyslexia, and could in theory lead to better performance in certain artistic and […]

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Glad they’re thinking “changes” and updating. Call me skeptical however, but I’m not convinced. Changes to SAT in 2016

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Slide above: Adapted from Exploring the Neurocircuitry of the Brain and Its Impact on Treatment Selections in ADHD, PRAKASH S. MASAND, MD; PETER S. JENSEN, MD; STEPHEN STAHL, MD, PHD There’s been a certain amount of press and attention on the intense marketing of medications for people with ADHD, and the perceived over-medication. Representing the […]

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I love finding schools and school cultures that consider and engage with emotional development practices, creative arts and vocational options. More often than not I come across these at programs for teens who are “at-risk.” Hollywood arts school gives struggling teens a second chance I wish these were the rule of thumb and for education […]

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Well-done piece in NY Times about teacher preparation. There are widespread holes in teacher preparation programs, including how reading is still taught with an emphasis on guessing instead of a more analytic and systematic approach. How America prepares its teachers has been a subject of dismay for many years. In 2005 Arthur Levine, then the […]

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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’ I know there are well-meaning people who advocate for vision therapy as an effective way to treat certain aspects of learing disorders. As with most enterprises there are scams and a risk of over-selling. Certain kids need vision training. Most kids with reading […]

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From Good.Is 7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School From the article: # 7. If your school believes that the purpose of public education is to prepare students to be well educated in order to take part in our democratic society, go to the head of the class! Does your school […]

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Interesting infographic (sorry though, slow loading I see) on Online University Learning. Full article and directory here at OnlineCollegeCourse.net

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It’s so fascinating to me to track the different attitudes and perspectives about having a learning disability. On one hand there is one that implies that having a learning disability somehow means you are brilliant in some way.” Paraphrased, that one may also be stated something like “Being dyslexic automatically means you have inherent talents […]

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The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s an inspiring and on-going story of […]

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