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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish - and how current education culture works against them.

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Inspired by his educational illustrations from the old school brigding to the social media empathetic driven education of the new age.

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THE NEURODIVERSITY BRAINS ARE RISING UP! ARE YOU BULLIED BECAUSE YOU THINK BRILLIANTLY DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL BRAIN? TEACH THOSE NORMAL BRAIN TO LEARN NEURODIVERSITY... Or  Is it Dysteachia, is it Teaching Disability (borrowed terms), is there abnormal brain or is it the education system itself? Choose an empathetic teacher, a mentor, a life coach that can elevate you or maybe your parents for home-school/ UnSchool. CREATE. Collaborate. The world needs the unique you...you have your birth name not label." Creation says, we are peculiar people, a royal generation in the hand of a great mysterious Creator of the universe. What about considering UnSchooling? What about trying home-schooling? What about Finland's education system? What about foods our kids eat? Eat food responsibly. Avoid eating lots of adulterated (processed) foods and genetically modified foods or GMO! --- IT'S TIME TO PERSONALIZE OR CUSTOMIZE TEACHING AND LEARNING SPACE :-)
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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

 

 

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BE INSPIRED, you would have watched this TED's talk by Temple Grandin by now? ... SUCH AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH ESPECIALLY IF ONE MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY HAS DYSLEXIA, LD, ADHD, OR AUTISM, ETC. I WONDER IF WE CAN ACTUALLY CUSTOMIZE EACH INDIVIDUAL SO-CALLED "NORMAL BRAINS" AND COME UP WITH "DIAGNOSE TERMS" LIKE THEM (dyslexia, dyspraxia, LD, ADHD, Autism, etc)  INSTEAD OF "NORMAL BRAIN"? (I capitalize those words because I'm shouting for those who are not empathetic to these people if only they listen and give their children, siblings, students or kids a second chance of hope...). 

 

Every one would have watched Temple Grandin's documentary film by now. It's moving and uplifting to know that a diagnosed autistic individual living testimony of Dr. Temple Grandin enabled her disadvantage as an advantage to be what she dreamed to be. Currently a great lecturer and speaker for those who she inspires in the world! She's amazing gifted woman indeed like any other unique individual out there!

 

I'm dedicated curating this page to understand and empathize my beloved younger sister how she's going through. She's our only sibling of five who's undiagnosed dyslexia. I empathize with families who have to go through this process lifetime and experiences every day. Each individual is genius to be uncovered, has great ability and strengths to focus on. My undiagnosed dyslexic sister has excellent memory for experiences and visual learner. She's a people person and could unreliably change your original story into her own version story upon relaying in the moment. She has an athletic ability and had won gold/silver medals unexpectedly when she competes for marathon from local sports events even to the national level despite her school teachers' corruption in financial terms whenever they have won a price.  Unfortunately my sister school offers lack of education on their reading difficulty in the Philippines. Basically, the local government don't support 100% why would they allow Special Education schools to mix "learning difficulty children with deaf children in one classroom? My sister knew she does not need "sign language" year after year at all, no wonder if you knew my sister from day one she went backwards on her reading abilities rather she would have moved forward by now. When she was pre-schooler level she could follow my mother to read the Bible in Ilocano translations. Sad and shameful to say this part because it has to be exposed for teachers who are just chasing money or preying on the defenseless instead of empowering  the Special Education system learners to let them rise or flourish in this fast changing world and quick learning dotcom generations! My sister has to leave school  as teachers never helped her much and disgustingly a male teacher also teasing her badly she's an old woman amongst the younger kids in her class.

 

It breaks my heart when my little sister asks if she has still hope for learning at school under our circumstance limitation.

 

I hope teachers should learn from Sir Ken Robinson and alike on TED.com talks if you haven't heard of him yet...you'll understand what I'm talking about. 

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html?qtwh=true

 

 

Further reading links: 

*** The Secret to Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids—and Everything http://goo.gl/qpTQpsFinland

 

*** Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System http://goo.gl/E6fEOE

 

***"It is said that people who are dyslexic have a greater appreciation for color, tone, and texture. Dyslexics are incredibly visual, and have an acute sense of two-dimensional and three-dimensional form. So it should come as no surprise that artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock are said to have had dyslexia." http://girlatthemirror.com/2012/03/the-gift-of-dyslexia/

 

*** "The old school system stops dyslexic, LD, etc. to excel...I totally agree!" Inspiring testimonial video of a Dyslexic http://youtu.be/GPhV9SyVmwA

 

***AUTISM- ULTRASOUND CONNECTION EXPOSE!  http://www.ultrasound-autism.org/

 

***MORE EVIDENCE LINKS AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES TO AUTISM

http://dailyhealthpost.com/agricultural-pesticides-linked-to-autism-in-children/

 

LISTEN CAREFULLY: 

WHAT HUMAN CARELESSLY BEING TAMPERED IN OUR DNA CODE, YAHWEH GOD THE CREATOR TURNING IT FOR GREATER PURPOSE! NOBODY CAN BEAT THE CREATOR'S INTELLIGENCE AND OUT OF THIS WORLD WISDOM! NO MATTER HOW TAMPERING CAN BE DONE, HE WILL ALWAYS USE THE ORDINARY OF THIS WORLD FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY ETERNAL PLAN.

“If you can read this quote, pause for a moment and think for those who can't, then thank your mentors. ” ~Anonymous

 

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The Bridge Movement's curator insight, January 25, 2014 10:44 PM

Loved her books, and i value her insights #autism... @templeGrandin

April Sprecher's curator insight, July 28, 2014 8:50 PM

This is a 20 minute video of Temple Grandin speaking. Interesting to hear the perspective of an adult with autism. 

Jillian Ackerman's curator insight, October 26, 2014 10:25 PM

Inspirational Ted Talk with Temple Grandin! Definitely a must see!

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Autism | Feeding Matters

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RT @FeedingMatters: Did you know that autism is one of the 200+ diagnoses related to pediatric feeding struggles? http://t.co/7CBuqOvBr9 @D…
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20 Free Tools for Teachers: Videos, Guides, and Printables!

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Enjoy this list of 20 free tools for teachers. Educators everywhere can find free teaching resources for all subjects and grade levels!
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Richard Branson explains why he considers dyslexia his greatest business ... - Business Insider Australia

Richard Branson explains why he considers dyslexia his greatest business ... - Business Insider Australia | Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, LD, Autism (etc. conspiracy labels out there)  Education Tools & Info | Scoop.it
Always taking notes.

 

When he was in school, many of Virgin chairman Richard Branson’s teachers considered him stupid and lazy.

His mind was quite active, but he had a difficult time focusing, which in retrospect he attributes to not having his dyslexia accommodated, he told the Washington Post in 2012.

But as he grew older and began building his empire of businesses, he learned about the mechanics of his learning disability and adapted his management style to it. This actually made him a better manager, he wrote in his 2012 book “Like a Virgin,” and it became what he considers his “greatest strength.”

Dyslexia is a cognitive rather than intellectual condition that causes difficulties with reading comprehension. Scientists estimate that dyslexia affects anywhere from 3% to 10% of the global population, but as Malcolm Gladwell points out in “David and Goliath,” a seemingly larger percentage of powerful businesspeople were born dyslexic and partially credit overcoming its challenges to their success.

Branson recently told Bloomberg West’s Cory Johnson that his dyslexia has helped him keep communication efficient, and showed him the importance of delegation. Branson explained:

I need things to be simple for myself. Therefore Virgin, I think, when we launch a financial service company or a bank, we do not use jargon. Everything is very clear-cut, very simple. I think people have an affinity to the Virgin brand because we don’t talk above them or talk down to them…

If you have a learning disability, you become a very good delegator. Because you know what your weaknesses are and you know what your strengths are, and you make sure that you find great people to step in and deal with your weaknesses.

And actually, whether you are dyslexic or not, I think delegation is such an important thing for a good leader to be good at doing. Too many leaders want to cling onto everything themselves and do everything themselves and never let go. Therefore, they never grow a group of companies like Virgin.

He credits dyslexia with another of his signature management techniques: the habit of always taking notes. He writes in his 2014 book “The Virgin Way” that he learned as a child that if he ever had a chance at remembering anything, he’d need to jot it down. To this day, he says he carries a notebook everywhere.

The handwritten note habit has come in handy in management, negotiation, and even legal situations — he’s submitted his notebooks as evidence in lawsuits, he says.

It’s one of the “most powerful tools” in his “bag of business tricks,” Branson writes.

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Temple Grandin works to find 'can' in autism

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Temple Grandin speaks to local families about understanding and capitalizing on autism.
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Genetic defect linked to visual impairment in dyslexics

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A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study published May 27 in The Journal of Neuroscience.
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Google for Dyslexia: Using Chrome for Reading and Writing (Part One)

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Google has entered the assistive technology world and become a key resource for students with dyslexia. Learn how the Chrome browser supports reading and writing.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 24, 12:35 PM

Thank you Jamie!

Lawrence now has introduced Chromebooks into our middle school. The google environment offers several robust strategies and tools to support students with dyslexia. As you point out, these are not device specific.  The bottom line has always been that technology is not a solution--it is a strategy or a tool.  At the same time, when we have the right strategy and the rights tools, the solution is within our grasp!--Lou

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 28, 10:10 PM

Technology helping kids with dyslexia in the classroom. I like it.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 29, 6:39 AM

I have had an experience of tutoring a child with such a challenge.This is an opportunity to reflect on what I did.

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David Flink, author of Thinking Differently

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In a scholastic milieu where the odds were stacked against him from even before his early diagnosis of dyslexia and ADHD (in 5th grade), David has faced a new Goliath so often, so calmly, and with such inevitable success, it's no wonder he has...
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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, May 19, 12:40 PM

Role models who have achieved against all odds can inspire all children with ADHD.

Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, May 19, 5:59 PM

This is common story regarding bright students who have differences that make the academic world difficult.  

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Autism Society offering TSA training at DIA - 9NEWS.com

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TSA agents at DIA will get special training to help them improve screening passengers with autism.
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10 Ways ADHD Makes You Less Cool

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Here are ten reasons I can't keep up with the cool kids who have it all together and somehow always seem to have matching socks.
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A Letter to JetBlue From the Mom of a Child With Autism

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One flight changed everything.
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Dyslexia 2015 - Educate, Innovate and Celebrate

Dyslexic 2015 - Educate, Innovate and Celebrate is about how to educate individuals about dyslexia and innovate using the advantages of the dyslexic brain.

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Standardized tests are poor tool - Loveland Reporter-Herald

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This letter to the editor appeared in the May 12, 2015, edition of the Reporter-Herald.

I am at a loss how one cannot see how amazing our teachers are in this district. How they work so incredibly hard for our children every day. They truly care about each and every one of their students, how can you measure that?

They start each school year and have to learn how to teach 25-30 individuals with different personalities and learning styles. Somehow they do their best to ensure each one of their students is successful. How can you measure that? How can you measure the extra time and effort they put in with the kids that struggle or when they notice their successful students are not reaching their full potentials?

There is no way to measure all of the "stuff" that goes into being an amazing teacher. How many times have you heard someone say "I was inspired to stay in school," "I was inspired to pursue my dreams," "I was inspired to go to college" or "I was inspired to become a teacher" because I aced my, (insert standardized) test here? Never. Students are inspired by caring, supportive teachers not test scores.

There are numerous reasons why kids may not do well on standardized tests, and it infuriates me that this could reflect poorly on the teachers and schools. Children's test scores alone can never reflect a teacher's ability to teach them. What about students who have test anxiety? Breeze through the test because it bores them, and they just don't care? Have undiagnosed learning disabilities? Are not visual learners? Have limited computer skills, and the test is purely administered on a computer?

 

During this last round of testing, I heard examples of every one of these scenarios in my son's class alone.

Please do not treat our teachers and children like robots that all perform the same and fit in the same neat little boxes. Each student is different and our teachers should be commended for rising to the challenge of teaching 25-30 different little personalities every school year and helping each one be the best that they can be. How can you measure that?

Shannon Voggesser

Loveland

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Depending where your country of location in a national scale, a Standardized tests are meant to control the percentage of student newly graduated masses that some government in the world education wanted to filter. They would allow some percentage of newly graduates to pass and others unfortunately filtered failed a lot of times even when they felt they did studied and answered the test. 

In a case I heard in India, only 1% out of 100% the government education would allow to pass their national Standardized test on each course offered! That's a lot of controlled old school system! Jobs are controlled bottom line but mind you this will open the heart of entrepreneurs not taught at the old school system.

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10-Year-Old Boy with Autism Won’t Be Deported to the Philippines

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In a bout of good news, Minister Dutton has not only decided to overturn the deportation order, Ms Sevilla and her son will also be granted permanent visas.
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At last, Australia granted and decided to withdraw the deportation of the said case article that was posted here on Scoop.it earlier on alongside with another family case from another Asian country. Not sure with that other case though as I only came across this article on a Filipino Aussie money remittance blog based in Sydney.

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Unschooling Birth to Preschool Review

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An ebook that walks you through the experience of using an unschooling approach to teaching your children from birth until they hit the official "school" years.
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What Reading Really Looks Like When You’re Dyslexic

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Dyslexic individuals experience the written word in three dimensions. Try it out for yourself. #ProjectLiteracy
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Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study - WebMD

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Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say

 

The findings confirm what eye doctors have known for a long time, said Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Dyslexia is a brain dysfunction, not an eye disorder," said Fromer, who was not involved in the study. "There are no studies that clearly identify that visual training can be helpful for the dyslexic patient."

Depending on the definition used, as many as one in five school-aged children in the United States may have dyslexia, the researchers said. If severe reading difficulties associated with dyslexia aren't addressed, they can affect adult employment and even health, they added.

The new findings, published online May 25, will appear in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers tested over 5,800 children, aged 7 to 9, for a variety ofvision problems, including lazy eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness, seeing double and focusing difficulties.

The 3 percent of children with dyslexia who had severe difficulty reading showed little differences in their vision than children without dyslexia. And 80 percent of children with dyslexia had fully normal vision and eye function in all the tests, the findings showed.

A slightly higher proportion of those with dyslexia had problems with depth perception or seeing double, but there was no evidence that this was related to their reading disability. After making adjustments for other contributing factors, this finding seemed due to chance.

"It does make sense to think something is wrong with your eye if you're not reading well, but there really is no connection between any ophthalmological disorder and dyslexia," said Fromer, who is also director of eye surgery for the New York Rangers hockey team.

Though the study findings aren't new, this review is much larger than previous ones, he added.

"The biggest issue here is that parents of dyslexic children should not waste a lot of money on vision training for their children with dyslexia," Fromer said. "It won't work."...............

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Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

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French children don't need medications to control their behavior. In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications.
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ADHD or Sleep Disorder: Are We Getting It Wrong?

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Many of the symptoms of ADHD and disordered sleep are similar.
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Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources

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As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology.
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Mom of Girl With Autism Who Was Kicked Off Plane Speaks Out - ABC News

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"I'm not asking for the moon. I just have a child with special needs."
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Study: Inherited gene mutations may cause autism - UPI.com

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Research increasingly shows autism is caused by groups of genetic mutations, and that mothers without autism can pass mutated genes on to their sons.
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28 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Kid With ADHD

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Working hard to raise a kid with ADHD? Ignore the stink eyes and learn to let it go.
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A Mom with Two Children with Autism -- The Real Moms of CafeMom -- Episode 5 - YouTube

Meet Angie, also known as maciymommieof3! She's a busy mom of three kids -- two of whom are on the Autism spectrum. She volunteers as an advocate for Autism ...
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Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders?

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Despite lack of evidence, some are advocating cannabis for children with autism, reports Journal of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsAs medical marijuana becomes increasingly accepted...
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I am Dyslexic. How to Help your Child with Dyslexia FAST!

"Hi! I'm Anna and I have Dyslexia. That used to be a big problem for me. When I was nine years old I couldn't read at all, but my little sister could, and that was ...
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Did any of you out there tried this one? http://www.dyslexiagames.com/

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