Category Archives: Education Issues and Ideas

Issues and ideas about K-12, college, and informal education plus relevant links external to this site.

“Major” changes coming to 2016 SAT

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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The Marketing of AD/HD

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 … Continue reading

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Creativity and Enhanced Schooling

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 … Continue reading

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University-Based Teacher Education: An Industry of Mediocrity

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 … Continue reading

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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’

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 … Continue reading

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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Local Public School

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 … Continue reading

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Online College Directory and Infographic

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

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Finding Joy in the Middle of the Dukkha of Having a Learning Disability

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 … Continue reading

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Caine’s Arcade and The Imagination Foundation

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 … Continue reading

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Meet Jack, my friend and former student

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 … Continue reading

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Visit a Third World Country to Improve Your Reading

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 … Continue reading

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Temple Grandin Sees Autism’s Positive Side

Many of you have heard of Temple Grandin. She’s a professor at Colorado State University, known for her ability to think in pictures in similar way, she says, to animals. She gained initial recognition by applying that ability and her … Continue reading

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