Monday, March 15, 2010

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, held last week in the Washington, DC, area, turned out to be an excellent conference. We exhibited and also attended sessions, some of which will be covered in the upcoming issue of 2e Newsletter. We were gratified by the number of subscriber-attendees who stopped by our table to compliment us on the newsletter, and we enjoyed meeting subscribers and contributors. Organizer Rich Weinfeld says he'll do it again -- but maybe not for two years.

LD AND COLLEGE. An article in the Cincinnati Enquirer describes a bright young man with LDs who managed, with support, to rack up a 3.5 average in high school and, as a college junior, achieved a
4.0 grade-point average. In college, he found that he could get accommodations, but said "You have to go out and get them; they're not going to ask you. You have to be on top of things." Read more.

OVERHAULING NCLB. On Saturday, the administration announced proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind law; The New York Times, among other media outlets, provided coverage.

BEHAVIORAL OPTOMETRY. The New York Times ran a lengthy article on vision therapy for a variety of conditions that affect a child's ability to perform in school, such as reading problems, learning problems, spelling problems, attention problems, hyperactivity, and coordination problems. The article includes success stories, but also provides a counterbalancing point of view of vision therapy as "a practice that many doctors say lacks a solid grounding in good science." If you are considering vision therapy for that gifted child you raise, check out the article.

TOURING AUSTRALIA. Psychologist and author Deborah Ruf spent a month or so speaking and touring in Australia, according to her newsletter. She was interviewed there on the topic of highly gifted children, and interested fans of Ruf may hear the radio interview online.

THE TIMELESSNESS OF "PEANUTS." In one of the strips from Charles Schultz' extensive body of work, Linus feels doomed because he didn't make the honor roll one period. Find out what Linus thinks will happen as a result in this strip from 1963, republished today. (If you're an educator, the result may be all too familiar.)

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