Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DO YOU BELIEVE IN ETHNIC STEREOTYPES when it comes to school or workplace success? A New York Times article addresses the topic of why, say, Indian-Americans earn almost double the U.S. median household income. The article posits three factors -- a superiority complex; insecurity; and impulse control. The article also says the effects don't necessarily last generation to generation. Read more.

IDLE KIDS is the topic of another Times article, a book review actually. The book is called All Joy and No Fun, and it examines current trends of 24/7 parenting and the effects of that trend. For example, the reviewer writes, " If adolescence now feels prolonged into and beyond college, [the author] argues, that may be because high school students don’t have the freedom to experience it as easily as other, less tightly scheduled, Internet-free generations did before them." Find the review.

WHITE MATTER AND MATH. Healthy 12-year-olds who score well in the topics of addition and multiplication have higher-quality white matter tracts. This correlation does not appear to apply to subtraction and division. An educational neuroscientist says that the white matter, an insulating myelin sheath around neural pathways, lets signals move faster. Find out more.

THE STATE OF WRIGHTSLAW. Well, it's actually a "progress report" for 2013, but if you're a Wrightslaw fan, check out their recent accomplishments and 2013's top articles in the current edition of Special Ed Advocate. Their blog, YouTube channel, and Facebook impacts are quite something. Read the newsletter.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. This non-profit run by Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide has several upcoming events. Find out about their free (donation requested) webinar today featuring a game art director discussing his life and work; we're guessing he has dyslexia. Or, read about the March 21 symposium in San Francisco, titled "Dyslexia Beyond Reading: Memory, Cognition, Expertise, and Innovation." Finally find out more about their "Celebration of Dyslexia," also in San Francisco, on March 23.

NAGC's proposal submission for the 2014 convention, to be held in Baltimore next November, is coming to a close. The organization is encouraging presenters to "submit your best ideas, research, and practical classroom strategies" by February 3. We at 2e Newsletter encourage you to submit proposals on 2e-related topics! Go for it!

AUTISM POST-SECONDARY GRANTS. Autism Speaks notes that the Brian & Patricia Kelley Postsecondary Scholarship Fund has awarded about a quarter-million dollars to 11 institutions; the money will help fund opportunities for students on the spectrum to pursue opportunities after high school. The grants are meant to serve students over a range of the spectrum, from those talented in software development seeking degrees to those seeking certificates. Find out more.

BAD NEWS ABOUT ANXIETY. We often blog about anxiety because it's common in twice-exceptional children, and parents and educators have to take it into account. A recent study indicates that fewer than one in two children and young adults treated for anxiety achieve long-term relief from symptoms. Maybe it's a glass half full/half empty situation, but the percentage of relief sounds low. Find out more.

LINKEDIN DISCUSSION. At the moment there's an interesting discussion on LinkedIn about whether gifted students should have IEPs. Now the discussion is not about 2e kids and IEPs, just gifted kids; but apparently some enlightened schools require education plans for gifted students. How about that. Find the discussion (if you're on LinkedIn).

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