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The Myth of Laziness

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"When we call someone lazy, we condemn a human being," writes Mel Levine, M.D. In The Myth of Laziness, the bestselling author of A Mind at a Time shows that children dismissed as unproductive or "lazy" usually suffer from what he calls "output failure" — a neurodevelopmental dysfunction that can continue to cause difficulties into adulthood if left unchecked.

The desire to be productive is universal, says Dr. Levine, but that drive can often be frustrated by dysfunctions that obstruct output or productivity. Drawing on his clinical experience and using real-life examples of both children and adults he has worked with, Dr. Levine shows how to identify and remedy these dysfunctions. A child suffering from language production dysfunction, for example, may be incapable of clearly expressing or explaining his thoughts, thereby leading to low productivity in school. A child who has difficulty making choices may wait until it is too late to complete a project or may act impulsively, creating a pattern of bad judgments. Similarly, a child with memory weaknesses may be unable to draw on his accumulated knowledge for an assignment. In each of these cases, as Dr. Levine shows, writing skills are often the key to diagnosing specific causes of output failure.

Practical, wise, and compassionate, The Myth of Laziness offers parents and teachers day-to-day strategies and support to prevent output failure and, when necessary, to help children overcome dysfunction and become productive, successful adults.

Review:

"Despite the thought-provoking theories and discussions of problems...only the final chapter...offers a broad range of strategies that can be used to remedy such troubles. Still, the advice...is on target and should help struggling parents." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Mel Levine wants to revolutionize American education by showing...how children think." Newsweek

Synopsis:

The author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller, "A Mind at a Time," explains the causes of low productivity and shows how to recognize these problems and overcome them in children and adults.

About the Author

Mel Levine, M.D. is professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and director of its Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. He is the founder and cochairman of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute for the understanding of differences in learning. The author of the national bestseller A Mind at a Time, he lives in the Raleigh-Durham area with his wife, Bambi, and many farm animals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Myth of Sisyphus
1 Getting a Mind to Work
2 Russell Strinberg: A Case of Low Motor Turnout
3 Clint Walker: Forgetting How to Remember
4 Ginny Caldwell: Repeated Energy Crises
5 Scott Murray: Controls Out of Control
6 Darnell Mason: Words That Can't Describe
7 Roberta Chan: Deflation Ideation
8 Sharon and Mark Taylor: Falling Prey to Disarray
9 Output's Inputs
10 The Righting of Writing
11 Cultivating and Restoring Output
Epilogue
Output's Outcomes
Appendixes
A. The Writing Troubleshooter
B. The Story Developer
C. The Report Developer
D. An Output Inventory
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743213684
Author:
Levine, Mel
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Levine, Melvin D.
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Parent Participation
Subject:
Educational Reform
Subject:
Educational Policy & Reform
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Performance
Subject:
Educational Psychology
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 2, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.45 oz

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