Monday, August 27, 2012

News Items from the Publisihers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

AUTISM AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. The New York Times, in an opinion piece,  suggests that as many as 30 percent of autism cases may be attributed to immune system dysregulation. Chronic immune system activation, perhaps beginning in the womb, leads to inflammatory conditions and symptoms of autism. Read more.
IQ OR CHARACTER? What makes kids succeed? IQ? Character? A New York Times book review of How Children Succeed says that book's author, Paul Tough, hypothesizes that "noncognitive skills, like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence, are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success." Furthermore, the chance to encounter and overcome failure is character-building, and many American kids are missing out on character-building experiences. Find the review.
GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS NEWSLETTER, the fall edition, is now available. It features an article on how RTI fits with gifted education and two Ray Bradbury remembrances. Find the newsletter.
THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT. Endocrine disruptors. We've blogged about this recently, but Sunday in the (what else) New York Times Nicholas Kristoff wrote about the ways chemicals in our environment can harm us and even our descendants. Kristof admits, "Like a lot of Americans, I used to be skeptical of risks from chemicals like endocrine disruptors that are all around us." His attitude has changed. He now says that the threats posed by such chemicals need to be addressed. Read his column.  
NOT MANY ITEMS TODAY -- but these should be enough to think about until our next posting. 

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