Monday, March 3, 2014

News, Resources from 2e Newsletter

DISORDERS: WHY MORE GUYS? Scientists trying to figure out why males seem to be more at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD think they might have discovered a reason: a "female protective model," in which females "require more extreme genetic mutations than do males to push them over the diagnostic threshold for neurodevelopmental disorders." Besides ASD, there's also a gender bias in the prevalence of ADHD. Read more about this superpower.

DON'T MESS WITH YOUR GENOME. Apparently environmental factors can cause genetic changes in you that are passed on to your descendants. So a grandparent who smoked might have predisposed your bright young child to ADHD. Hyperactivity induced by nicotine can be transmitted across generations via the material line of descent. Read more, and worry about what else we pass on to our kids and grandkids.

DOES CLASS SIZE MATTER? You probably have an opinion, and there's a chance your opinion runs contrary to what some "experts" in the field think (experts such as Arne Duncan or Bill Gates). However, according to the Washington Post column "The Answer Sheet," researchers believe that "All else being equal, increasing class sizes will harm student outcomes." Read more.

GIFTED WITH EATING DISORDER. A psychologist at Denver's Gifted Development Center writes, " appears to me, and to my colleagues who work with anorexia and bulimia, that vast numbers of young people with eating disorders demonstrate traits of giftedness." Got a young person with an eating disorder? Read more.

POLICY WONK? Interested in Common Core standards and testing? A recent Diane Rehm show on NPR addressed the topic. Find it.

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