Archive for the 'Education Issues and Ideas' Category

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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Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities website published an interview with new high school freshman, Jack. NCLD interviews Jack, who is dyslexic, as a real success story. And while that’s true, there’s a story and history to Jack becoming so well-spoken and such a good self-advocate. I was Jack’s literacy specialist during his 3rd […]

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I think Steve Jobs, who famously did not go to Stanford (nor actually complete coursework at Reed College where he enrolled) hit on some key ideas concerning intelligence and what may lead to real learning and innovation. He believed that intelligence was in part the ability to make connections between ideas and practices that may […]

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