The Teenage Brain

I recently attended a couple of events where presenters related teenage behaviour to frontal lobe development. The frontal lobe is identified as the part of the brain that handles executive functions. It has been found to be less developed in teenagers than in adults and the conclusion being drawn is that we cannot expect teenagers to show the maturity … [Read more…]

An excerpt from Carol Black’s article “A Thousand Rivers”

“Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.” “Any wildlife biologist knows that an animal in a zoo will not develop normally if the environment is incompatible with the evolved social needs of its species. But we no … [Read more…]

The Downtrodden

In his article titled A Message For The Downtrodden, David Mills offers a helpful glimpse of the value of some of our most struggling students. He writes, “I have always felt an affinity for children labelled with conditions such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (yes, our society has actually sunk to the depths of describing children … [Read more…]