Neurodiversity

Why Do We Torture All High School Students with Maths That Many Will Never Use?

Education administrators and governments seem to be totally detached from any understanding of the real world when it comes to designing curriculum. Nor do they seem to care how making students study something they are ill suited and unmotivated for will destroy self-confidence and create negative internal dialogue. It also wastes time that could be more productively spent. 

In this article I examine how we have ended up where we are, why it is a disaster and what can be done to fix it.

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The Privileging of Text Literacy in Education Must Stop and a Media-Agnostic Approach Embraced

Since the development of writing we have gradually privileged text literacy above other forms of communication. Even oratory, one of the pillars of Greek civilisation, has been subsumed in the march of text literacy above all else. In education we put so much emphasis on text literacy that children who have difficulty with text are labelled disabled and moved off into special education programs, suggesting that there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed. Aside from humanitarian principles, the march of technology has made this fixation on text untenable.

In this article we explore why text has been privileged and a case is made of why a more diverse and inclusive approach to media should be developed in education.

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Removing the Disability Label from Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD and Other Cognitive Diversities

A child being unable to learn to read at the ‘normal’ rate is only an issue in a literate society. For the vast majority of human existence an inability to learn to read was not an issue at all. In fact if you go back, say 10,000 years, an ability to read would be abnormal.

This article looks at the issue of normality and disability. I put the case that the disability label comes from a faulty model of cognitive diversity. The disability label is damaging and gives the wrong impression. I present an arguement for change.

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Tips for Parenting a Dyslexic or Neurodiverse Child

Having your child diagnosed with dyslexia or one of the other neurodiverse traits can be a traumatic situation that often leads to the panic of what to do to help. Since every neurodiverse person is different, what to do can differ greatly. But beyond the issue of specific treatments and assists, there are some principles that you can follow that are universal.

This article focuses on practical advice for the parent(s) of a neurodiverse child based on my experience of parenting a child with dyslexia and ADHD.

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Photo by Steven Van Loy on Unsplash
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