The Homework Myth | Quote 02698

Over the years, I’ve noticed that researchers may be so committed to a given agenda that they ignore (or at least minimize the importance of) what their investigations have turned up if it wasn’t the outcome they apparently had been hoping for. Their conclusions and prescriptions, in other words, are sometimes strikingly at variance with their results.

Balanced And Barefoot | Quote 02689

Sensory integration is simply taking in all of the stimuli detected by the senses (smells, sights, sounds, temperature, balance, gravity) and organizing information about them for functional use. The senses work together to help you effectively process information about your body and the world around you. The more senses that are activated, the more accurate information you have about your environment.

The Case Against Education | Quote 02672

The High School Survey of Student Engagement, probably the single best study of how high school students feel about school, reports that 66% of high school students say they’re bored in class every day. Seventeen percent say they’re bored in every class every day. Only 2% claim they’re never bored in class. Why so bored? Eighty-two percent say the material isn’t interesting; 41% say the material isn’t relevant. Another research team gave beepers to middle school students to capture their feelings in real time. During schoolwork, students were bored 36% of the time, versus 17% for all other activities. No wonder a major Gates Foundation study ranked boredom the most important reason why kids drop out of high school.

Balanced And Barefoot | Quote 02661

When children move their bodies against gravity they develop the necessary strength and balance patterns needed to maintain postural control. Swinging, climbing up a pole or tree, riding the merry-go-round, winter sledding on the belly with arms and legs up, jumping rope, and rolling down a hill and back up again are all play experiences that help children develop postural control.