Monday, November 26, 2012

News Items, Resources from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

2e IN THE WASHINGTON POST. Education writer Jay Mathews, in his Washington Post column "Class Struggle," addressed the topic of how homework can be "torture" for some gifted students -- twice-exceptional students whose particular challenge make writing difficult, or repetitive  homework painful. He tells the story of a DC-area mom with two 2e kids, a son and a daughter, and points out the obstacles parents can run into trying to get a decent education for 2e kids. (As a bonus, the column supplies another candidate for Wrightslaw's "hall of shame": “I feel sorry for your son," the head of a school management team evidently told the mom when she asked for accommodations. "You are clearly pressuring him to make A's.”) Way to go, Jay Mathews. Find the article

TEEN DEPRESSION may go away without treatment, according to a team of researchers who found that to be true in about  half of such cases. Two things seemed to predict improvement without treatment -- the severity of the depression and whether the symptoms lasted six weeks. Read more on this topic of interest to the parents of twice-exceptional children.  

GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY. The Winter issue of this newsletter is out, and in one article in it Jim Delisle writes that he is "disturbed" by NAGC's most recent (2011) definition of giftedness -- and disturbed on five counts, which he enumerates and explains in this article. Of the article and Delisle's views, GEPQ publisher Maurice Fisher says, "I agree with Jim’s assessment of this convoluted definition, and believe it is destructive to the gifted education field." Find GEPQ and the article. Find the article on Hoagies' website

ADDITUDE this week offers advice about tics/twitching in AD/HD kids being treated with stimulant meds, and also previews two free webinars this week:
  • Tools to Help  Your AD/HD Child in School
  • Getting School Accommodations wiwth AD/HD
Find out more

TED-ED VIDEOS. The organizers of TED, a non-profit devoted to "ideas worth spreading," have collected a few videos on education at YouTube on topics such as "The Beauty of Algebra," Einstein and the Special Theory of Relativity," and more. TED presentations are by engaging, respected presenters. Find the TED-Ed videos

TALENT ACT. An individual has started a petition at whitehouse.gov to encourage the federal government to pass the TALENT act and better support gifted education. If you're a believer, find the petition. As of today, the petition has 1,022 signatures out of the 25,000 required for the government to consider the petition.

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