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I receive Education Week every week.  Billed as ”American Education’s Newspaper of Record” it provides hard news about the latest developments in school districts, state departments of education, the federal Department of Education, and other educational entities, regarding funding, programs, curriculum, and other key components of education in the United States.  Yesterday, it came with...
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A new free online book includes a chapter that I wrote on neurodiversity.  The book is entitled:  Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education, and consists of 20 essays contributed by educators from a wide range of fields (the book was edited by Robert Sylwester, and David Moursund, both professors at the University of Oregon).  My chapter is entitled:  ”Neurodiversity:  More...
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There’s a compelling article online at The Atlantic, on David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core State Standards, the “national curriculum” that most of the states in the country will be following in 2014-15.  Coleman has impeccable credentials:  Yale, Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford, a man of letters whose conversation, as the piece states, ”leaps gracefully from Plato to Henry...
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The October, 2012 issue of Educational Leadership, the flagship journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), in an issue dedicated to “Students Who Challenge Us,” features my article “First, Discover Their Strengths,” which highlights many of the ideas discussed in my forthcoming book Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs...
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I am sickened by a news report from Reuters on the rapid rise in the use of standardized testing at the kindergarten level.  The push for academic accountability in the higher grades has been essentially pushed downwards through the grade levels and now sits like a 10-ton block of steel on what used to be literally a “children’s garden”...
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