The ability to read has long been linked in society's mind to intelligence, but dyslexia is surprisingly common at MIT, to such an extent that the founder of the MIT Media Lab and the One Laptop per Child Association, Nicholas Negroponte (a dyslexic himself), called it the MIT disease in his autobiography. Recent research has found that dyslexia is not related to IQ. It is, however, the most common learning disability, at MIT and elsewhere, affecting between 5% and 20% of the population.
What science tells us about the incredible shrinking childhood.
Now most researchers seem to agree on one thing: Breast budding in girls is starting earlier. The debate has shifted to what this means. Puberty, in girls, involves three events: the growth of breasts, the growth of pubic hair and a first period. Typically the changes unfold in that order, and the process takes about two years. But the data show a confounding pattern. While studies have shown that the average age of breast budding has fallen significantly since the 1970s, the average age of first period, or menarche, has remained fairly constant, dropping to only 12.5 from 12.8 years. Why would puberty be starting earlier yet ending more or less at the same time?
"Since people learn from people they love," he writes in the same column, "education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student. By insisting on constant informal contact and by preserving that contact year after year, The New American Academy has the potential to create richer, mentorlike or even familylike relationships for students who are not rich in those things."
The Internet is full of free and open educational resources, from courses to academic journals, and with so many education providers getting in on the movement to offer free educational content online, there's likely to be even more in the future. Yale, Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley are just a few of the high-profile universities that share some of their best courses with the world for the low, low price of zero dollars. While there are a lot of great resources out there, there are some online education resources that truly stand out as inspiring, for their vast collections, unique perks, and incredibly supportive organizations. We've picked out 15 open education resources that we find to be the most impressive and inspiring out there, and we encourage you to take advantage of what they have to offer.
Kids with attention deficit, targeted for their poor social skills or awkward behavior, are at greater risk for bullying. A new movie looks at the consequences of peer-on-peer intimidation, aggression, and violence.
IBNLive.comAutism Awareness In April Draws Attention To A National Epidemic1330 WFINApril is Autism Awareness Month and the Center For Autism and Dyslexia In Findlay will be busy promoting their cause.
LEOMINSTER -- Leominster High Schools Center for Technical Education needs a makeover for the 21st century, according to Schools Superintendent James R.The innovation schools are similar in concept to charter schools, said Secretary of Education Paul Reville.
Except they are in-district schools so municipalities do not lose state aid as they do when students leave to attend charter schools.
Each Innovation School is expected to provide inventive strategies and creative approaches to education and have more freedoms to work outside of the normal public school rubric.
Patrick signed the Achievement Gap Act in January 2010, which includes creation of innovation schools to act like in-district charter schools.
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 30,2012 - 2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Grants
The U.S. Department of Education released the 2012 notice inviting applications for new “Scale-up” and “Validation” grants available through the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund.
“This next round of i3 projects will build on the fund’s growing portfolio of promising education programs that help close achievement gaps, personalize learning, and accelerate student achievement,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The first description of dyslexia occurred in 1896, when a headmaster reported that a student woud be the "smartest lad in the school" if the instruction were entirely oral. Since that time, experts have recognized the real challenges as well as talents associated with dyslexia.
Imagine a community where nearly 44 out of every 100 residents can't interpret a bus schedule or a letter explaining a credit card billing error. If you live in Cuyahoga County, OH you're there, Brent Larkin writes.
A Burlington Performer Untangles Her Dyslexia Through Dance (Seven Days Vermont) Lida Winfield did not learn to read until her early twenties, when she enrolled at Landmark College and finally received instruction designed to help her overcome dyslexia. Now a dancer and teacher with a Master’s in Fine Arts, Winfield has created a one-woman dance-theater work that tells the story of her life with a learning disability through movement and music. Read more about Winfield’s art and life story in this article from Seven Days Vermont.
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