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Why is it that we expect children to sit quietly in their seats while they’re being taught in school?  We even use the word “seatwork” to describe this behavior.  I want to know who made this decision.  I can imagine some grizzled old scholar somewhere in Europe during the late eighteenth century thinking:  “You know, I really like...
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I’ve just returned from the Philippines where I spoke at an early childhood education conference (“SuperKids 2012”)  held in Manila, September 14-15, 2012, and sponsored by Potencia Inc., PrimeTrade Asia Inc, and Wyeth Philippines Inc.  I did two 2 1/2 hour presentations.  The first was entitled “Exemplars of Best Schools (Preschool through High School).”  It focused...
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I was very glad to see the research report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), concluding that children labeled ADHD have normal brains that simply develop later than their peers.  This study compared brain scans over a period of years between a group of  223 children diagnosed as having ADHD and a...
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One of the most exciting features of the 2012 Olympics in London has been the performance of able people who are disabled.   Even before the opening ceremony, Im Dong Hyun from South Korea, won the gold medal in archery and set a world record with an almost perfect score (699 out of 700).  Im Dong Hyun is legally...
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This excerpt from my book The Power of Neurodiversity: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, appeared in Ode Magazine. People with conditions like ADHD, dyslexia and mood disorders are routinely labeled “disabled”. But differences among brains are as enriching—and essential—as differences among plants and animals. Welcome to the new field of neurodiversity. Thomas...
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