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January 12, 2010

I just finished reading a book that scientifically describes Logan’s brain and educational situation (with 80% accuracy, in his case).  The title is far more judgmental than the content, which is constructive and practical. The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child by Richard Selznick, PhD. compares ‘spatial’ intelligence (applies to Legos, puzzles, gears, wires, etc.) with language-based skills (reading, writing, etc.).  He writes, “It is devastating in school to have the combination of high spatial skills and weak language abilities.” because “School is heavily loaded on the verbal skills side of the continuum.  There is a clashing of brain styles between the curriculum of school and the high spatial skills of the SDL (Shut-Down Learner).”  He offers valuable suggestions for preventing or reversing the scholastic “shut down” of kids who fit this profile, and lots of encouraging real-life stories from his many years of experience in this field.  He doesn’t mention cross country trips, but it’s working pretty well.

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