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June 29, 2003
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Hello! I have been away most of the week at Creation Festival 2003. About 70,000 people came to the festival. I had a booth set up about our institute, and was able to meet many people. Right next to me was Justin Lookadoo. I highly recommend him as a youth speaker. His new book just out is Dateable. This is a great book for teens about dating. See his website at http://rudateable.com. See pictures of Creation Festival 2003.
Because I have been away, there is a very brief newsletter this week. There were two interesting articles about education this past week:
Research may revolutionize classrooms
Educators say they are on the verge of a schoolhouse revolution that in the short run will raise student test scores and turn youngsters who can't read into bookworms. "The neurological sciences are giving us a biologically based learning theory," said Cram, head of a district with 2,000 students. "Some things we've always done, and some things we now know are not such a good idea," said Cram, coauthor of Leading and Learning in Schools - Brain-Based Practices. Meanwhile, some experts caution teachers to go slowly. Scientific findings can be exaggerated or misconstrued, warns educator Pat Wolfe, of Napa, Calif., author of Brain Matters: Translating Research Into Classroom Practice. See http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/education/6162511.htm
Neuroscience offers new hope for helping those with dyslexia
These are heady times for researchers studying the causes of - and the cures for - dyslexia, a learning disability that may affect one in five readers. Researchers using magnetic resonance imaging technology to study brain activity in children have confirmed that there is a biological basis for reading disabilities, and they have pinpointed the brain regions that are activated as children learn to read. Moreover, researchers at leading brain-study centers have shown that intensive remedial efforts can improve reading ability. See http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/6162543.htm