Monday, October 10, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman on 2e, Black & 2e Achiever, Advocacy, More

THE IQ TEST. Scott Barry Kaufman, in a four-minute video at Big Think, discusses the need for new ways to assess intelligence, ways that will better evaluate twice-exceptional students. The video is engagingly titled "The Search for Intelligent Life? Start by Re-Designing the IQ Test." He urges parents and educators to keep keep an eye out for as many indicators of creativity and intelligence as possible, and suggests that besides tests evaluators ask parents and teachers for their input on a child's strengths. He notes how averaging the subtests in an IQ instrument can do a disservice to 2e kiddos. Find the video. Way to go, Scott Barry Kaufman!

IT'S COLUMBUS DAY in the U.S. Issues of imperialism aside, for your bright kiddo who has a sense of humor (or for you) we recommend Stan Freberg's audio version of the discovery of the "New World," a fanciful version of history. There's a two-minute "overture" to the entire album, but then we get to Ferdinand, Isabella, Chris, and the adventure. Listen to "Columbus Discovers America." (Or do the indigenous people discover him?)

SPECIAL ED WAREHOUSE TO PhD. Shawn Anthony Robinson is dyslexic. At the site of Inside Higher Ed he tells the story, in prose and poetry, of his journey as a twice-exceptional black man through years of academe to his goal. Read the story.

FOLLOW-UP. In the September/October issue of 2e Newsletter we noted the advocacy efforts of a group of parents working under the auspices of Decoding Dyslexia/Virginia to enact state legislation to help dyslexic students, specifically by requiring that teachers be giving a certain amount of training in identifying and intervening in cases of dyslexia. You can read more about that advocacy effort in Richmond Family Life.

THE WASHINGTON POST, in its "Parenting" and "Education" sections, often offers thoughtful opinion or observations relevant to the 2e community. Recently the Post ran:

  • A first-person account of "private school guilt" stemming from withdrawing a child from the public school system. Find it
  • How a mother helped her child pay attention in class by changing her (the mom's) listening habits. Find the story
  • The third in a series of interviews with experts on education on what they'd do if they ran the U.S. Department of Education. This interview is with Howard "Multiple Intelligences" Gardner. He'd emphasize liberal arts and sciences. He foresees the states regaining "the principle agency" of education. He doesn't talk about multiple intelligences, but rather broader issues. Read more
BRAIN TRAINING GAMES. A systematic review of the scientific studies cited by brain-training companies as evidence that their products improve cognition in daily life finds no convincing evidence to support those claims. While people tend to improve on the specific tasks they practice, the researchers report, the conclusion that computerized brain-training programs yield broader cognitive benefits or improve real-world outcomes for their users is premature at best. Read more.

DEALING WITH CONFLICT. Parents of 2e kiddos sometimes find themselves in conflict with school authorities. Given that, it's of interest to read what one school principal writes, at TED.com, on ways to deal with conflict. Her writing is from the principal's point of view, but the tips -- involving "centering," rules of engagement, listening, and acknowledging -- can also be useful to counter-parties. Find the tips.

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