Friday, May 22, 2015

Personalizing Education, Mocking the Gifted, Processing Speed, and How the Brain Processes "Speed"

EDUCATION: A "HUMAN BUSINESS"? Is it? In an Education Week interview, Sir Ken Robinson talks about problems with current education systems and how he advocates personalizing education, not standardizing it. This is the guy who gave what is evidently the most-viewed TED Talk ever, the one titled "How Schools Kill Creativity," which besides being thought-provoking is also very humorous, believe it or not. So read the interview to see what education could be like for your child -- for all children -- then go watch that TED talk if you haven't already.

TODAY SHOW, YESTERDAY. Something on yesterday's Today Show got Jen the Blogger dangerously excited, not a good thing. On the other hand, it snapped Jen into best form -- insightful, punchy, and fun to read, even if the topic is outrageous. Way to go, Jen! Find the blog.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. Some of our 2e kids are pretty touchy, can tend to emotional or behavioral problems we don't necessarily understand, and can disrupt family dynamics between parents and siblings. A new article at this site is titled "Five Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families." Read the article.

PROCESSING SPEED as a topic gets lots of interest from parents, educators, and counselors of the twice exceptional. A UK study draws some links between slow cognitive processing speed and depression and anxiety. But the study provides evidence that depression and anxiety may be the effects of slow processing speed, not the other way around. Of interest is that this was a 20-year longitudinal study, with processing speed tested at age 16 and depression and anxiety at age 36. Read more.

PRIMER ON ADHD STIMULANT MEDS. Want to see how amphetamine-based drugs affect the brain? The American Chemical Society has produced a short video about the background and use of amphetamine. You can see it at the site of, and read some additional explanation.

EDUCATORS GUILD NEWSLETTER. The spring edition of this publication from the Davidson Institute is out, featuring a Q&A with a professor of education on the topic of character traits like hope and grit, along with male/female differences in cognitive development and how that affects education. Also in the newsletter: pointers to a variety of education and gifted ed resources. Find the newsletter.

NAGC has released detailed session information for its annual convention this November in Phoenix. Find the schedule.

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