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Endangered Minds: Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about Itby Jane M Healy
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Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains?
In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:
— How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
— Why television programs — even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street — develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school
— Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
— How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born
About the Author
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with young people of all ages, from pre-school to graduate school. She has been a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, school administrator, and clinician. She is currently a lecturer and consultant, and the author of three books about how children do (and don’t) learn, Your Child’s Growing Mind, Endangered Minds, and Failure to Connect. She and her work have been featured in national media such as CNN and NPR. She has twice been named “Educator of the Year” by Delta Kappa Gamma, the professional honor society of women educators. Jane and her husband claim they have learned most of what they know from raising three sons and enjoying six grandchildren.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: CHANGING BRAINS
CHAPTER 1: "Kids' Brains Must Be Different..."
CHAPTER 2: Neural Plasticity: Nature's Double-Edged Sword
CHAPTER 3: Malleable Minds-Environment Shapes Intelligence
PART TWO: LANGUAGE, FUZZY THINKING, AND THE LANGUISHING LEFT HEMISPHERE
CHAPTER 4: Who's Teaching the Children to Talk?
CHAPTER 5: Sagging Syntax, Sloppy Semantics, and Fuzzy Thinking
CHAPTER 6: Language Changes Brains
PART THREE: ATTENTION, LIFESTYLES, AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
CHAPTER 7: Learning Disabilities: Neural Wiring Goes to School
CHAPTER 8: Why Can't They Pay Attention?
CHAPTER 9: The Starving Executive
PART FOUR: CLASHING CULTURES
CHAPTER 10: TV, Video Games, and the Growing Brain
CHAPTER 11: Sesame Street and the Death of Reading
CHAPTER 12: "Disadvantaged" Brains
PART FIVE: MINDS OF THE FUTURE
CHAPTER 13: New Brains: New Schools?
CHAPTER 14: Teaching the New Generation to Think: Human and Computer Models at School and at Home
CHAPTER 15: Expanding Minds
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