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Learning Disabilities at the Most Prestigious Schools?

Yes, there are students at the most prestigious schools who have learning disabilities. After all, that is what a “learning disability” is: a discrepancy between potential and performance. So, yes, genius are over-represented in the diagnosed learning disabilities. Up until recently, however, exclusive schools might not admit a student who had a learning disability. Now, however, they add staff to help those students overcome their academic weakness. YAY!

I am so thankful to have gotten an interview from Susan Maher at Regents Academy of Austin. She is on staff there, helping the students overcome their issue(s) so they can perform at their potential. She preaches ; “accomodations, not modification.” Accommodations might include test taking in a quiet room or with a little extra time. Then, she gives them help in what I would call “study skills.” In this way, she sets them free to achieve, on their own.

I want you to hear her, in her own voice, so you can be inspired. This busts so many myths. This will help so many students, teachers, families, and I do hope also some private school administrators.

www.RegentsAustin.org

REGENTS ACADEMY OF AUSTIN

Regent is a classical Christian school,  now well established as one of the most prestigious schools in the Austin, Texas metro area. Both exclusive schools and many small private schools feel that they may not be able to help students with “disabilities”. This is normally because they don’t know how. It may be that the school is so far behind that they have confused “learning disabilites” with “mental retardation.” In fact, given the definition of “learning disabilities” only brighter than average students can get that designation. Proper help need not be the sort of monstrous modifications, let alone cheating, that so many educators fear — or is possibly, sadly, done in government schools.

MODIFICATIONS VERSUS ACCOMMODATIONS

Modifications mean a change in the curricular or production requirements. An exclusive school would not want to offer modifications because that cheapens their product and hence reputation. So often, though, this is exactly what a government school will do. For instance, in a 4th grade history test, only 4 questions will be given the student instead of 20. This puts the students ever farther behind.

Accomodations, include making slight changes to the environment in order to permit the student to be successful in the necessary learning. For instance, why not permit the student a quiet room rather than a crowded classroom? Why not permit time and a half for a test? What is being tested is knowledge of the material, not rapidity. The class period is set arbitrarily, not as a function or measure of learning.  In the real world, a person might allot more time to read, or use paper instead of doing math in their head, and so forth. Adults manage the world for their own productivity.  In the world of work, such accommodations are required by law.

What Susan Maher is not saying, but doing, is remediation. She helps her students learn how to take notes or write papers or read a book or study math. They may need a more specific method, but once they learn it, they are capable of competing. I like to push remediation: teach how to use strengths in order to overcome weaknesses. Isn’t this part of the human condition?

This is not cruel blame. This is not drill and and kill. This is not “head in the sand.” Instead, this is bright students enabled to shine.

How To Tell What is True by Evaluating DATA

In our series on how to tell what is true, after suggesting you get numbers, now let’s consider how to evaluate the data. Is this good data? What does it mean? Can you even tell? Another way to tell if a claim is true, is to drill down to see how good the data is.  For that, you have to know how the data was collected, how the data was analyzed, and how the data was presented. All these are the steps in the scientific method.

NEEDED TODAY

People like to say “figures don’t lie; but liars figure.”  Well, that is true. Here are a few simple steps to see how good the data is. And to see if what you have is actually science or nonsense.

How needed this is! I just saw a sign that said “science is real.”  But, the trouble is, people who put those signs in their yards typically are arguing for things that are NOT scientific. “Kindness is everything,” they say, supporting chaotic, illegal violence. And even yet, the worse possible, outed liars are still making bold to say THEY are the ones restraining dis-information. Notice “dis-information.”  Remember, check definitions. “Misinformation” is mistaken and wrong. “Dis-information” is propaganda injected by a foreign power. Do you know what “projection” means in Psychology? LOL

WHY THIS IS FOR CHILDREN

Okay, look, we all need to know who to sort out truth from falsehood, fact from lies, and science from nonsense. Our children must be taught how to do it. None have more trouble than those who are struggling with what is often call “learning disabilities.”

Please share this episode. Maybe it is not a funny or as sensational as some other listening options. However, few are as useful. Or timely.

RESOURCES

Viva Frei on Fake News — reasons through how a “fact checker” actually spun or mis-construed a scientific claim. Well worth watching. Also see other episodes for examples of legal reasoning.

Dr. Lee Merritt with Dr. Poornima Wagh Virology is Nonsense

Example of a site that has academic type articles that might not be published in the better known peer reviewed journals. Here is an article from Africa.

MacAlvany Weekly Commentary 22-08-17 The Everything Rally

7 Tips for Listening and Evaluating What People are Saying to You

How to tell what is true. How to sort truth from falsehood. How to not get snookered. How to no get your thinking hijacked. That is what we have been talking about. Clearly these are the most important lessons to give your child and yourself in these days. Today 7 clear tips for listening to what comes to you, for evaluating what people say to you, and thus to figure out was is true. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be tricked. Don’t be snookered.

Are you glued to the news?  Why? Because someone is lying. And getting away with it.

Today, we have 7 specific, practical, definite, tips to listening to what people are saying to you. Do you evaluate their claims in real time? Can you spot immediately when someone is “taking you for a ride” emotionally or intellectually? Most do not. Most can not. And young people with learning “disabilities” are the most vulnerable.

To catch up on our series, you might want to start with : How to Tell What is True. This is something you want to teach your children.

Then, you might want to go to the one where I talk about using math, or statistics.