AT LEAST DO NO HARM…

Get it right at the start and you won’t have to worry about the finish. During his recent State of the Union Address the President spoke about mandating that students remain in school until they turn 18 or until they graduate. I am struck with equal parts of terror and rage. We must not abandon…

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING AND DEFYING THE MYTHS TRADITIONAL SUCCESS

Throughout the majority of our academic careers we are conditioned to equate good grades with success.  “Johnny studied hard.  Johnny earned an ‘A;’ therefore, Johnny will be successful.”  In academic environments, where teaching is predicated on homogeneous learning styles, this concept of success is troublesome for individuals with learning disabilities.  Students with learning disabilities are…

DYSLEXIA AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

How does dyslexia contribute to your professional success? Three years ago I started contemplating this question after reading about a study finding that 35% of American entrepreneurs have dyslexia. The study suggested that some adults with dyslexia develop coping strategies that are useful in the business environment, such as the ability to delegate and build…

WHAT IF PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA INVENTED WRITING?

We are so accustomed to reading and writing that it’s hard to imagine that once no one was able to read. We may think of reading as being hardwired into our brains, but it’s not. Reading and writing is nothing more than an elaborate social convention used to transcribe speech, and this had to be…