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  •  If the teachers don't speak out, (2+ / 0-)
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    rosabw, weck

    the system will never change. I'm glad that you get it.

    Do you have any suggestions for how the system can better adapt to teaching visual spatial learners? Especially 'delayed' readers.

    •  It sounds too simple... (3+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, weck, angelajean

      but they could start teaching the way you taught your son.  Not to play "catch up" to the left brain curriculum, but to teach kids who learn in a totally different way a different curriculum.  I bet the left-brainers would love a hands on, global, visual curriculum.  But if it was purely that, they would fail.

      And while times are changing - you'll notice that many textbooks are more visually dynamic and attempt to use real life connections to help global thinkers relate - the education world is slow to adapt.
      I made this correlation too, compared even to what the curriculum was when I taught math and English help to regular classroom kids. (My degree was actually to work with mentally handicapped...low IQ kids.  Totally different from right brainers.)  Most teachers don't get that you can be brilliant in math, yet not know your math facts.  It is so outside their frame of reference.

      And get the damn hands on and creative stuff back in the schools.  Shop, robotics, music, art, theatre, sports...are at least as important as academics.

      Yes, instead of having the "slow" class of readers, teach those kids how they learn. SHOW them, don't TELL them.  Imagine teachers having to take the lecture out of the classroom.  They would feel as lost as a right brainer does in the typical classroom.  

      If you starve the middle class, whose gonna pay for your crap?

      by rosabw on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 11:31:58 AM PDT

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    •  Waldorf education (3+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, rosabw, angelajean

      doesn't ask kids to read until they're about 9.  Of course, a lot of kids pick it up earlier, but by 9, very few run into difficulty with this complex task.  It's not widely studied in this country, tends to be used mostly in Waldorf/Steiner Schools, but the program seems to get good results -- thoughtful, confident graduates who do well in college/life and have a high tolerance for human nature's kaleidoscopic range.

      Some Waldorf teachers move on to public education and replicate elements of the program in their classrooms, but of course the kids only have them for a year, so it's not likely to have the same impact.

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