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Endangered Minds : Why Cghildren Don't Think, and What We Can Do about it - Jane M. Healy

Endangered Minds

Why Cghildren Don't Think, and What We Can Do about it

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Published: 15th October 1999
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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

Louise Bates Ames Gesell Institute of Human Development Provocative, scholarly, and timely. Society may actually be changing our children's brains for the worse. Educational Leadership A fascinating exploration of today's much-deplored decline in school achievement....[Healy] clearly conveys the relationship between language, learning, and brain development, then explains why television viewing and present-day lifestyles sabotage language acquisition, thinking, and personal success. Priscilla Vail author of Smart Kids with School Problems Endangered Minds is a masterly blend of scientific knowledge, educational expertise, psychological insight, and common sense....Jane Healy sounds warnings we should all heed, and offers priorities and strategies compatible with the nature of childhood and the flowering of intellect.

Introduction
Preface
Changing Brains
""Kids' Brains Must Be Different...""
Neural Plasticity: Nature's Double-Edged Sword
Malleable Minds-Environment Shapes Intelligence
Language, Fuzzy Thinking, and the Languishing Left Hemisphere
Who's Teaching the Children to Talk?
Sagging Syntax, Sloppy Semantics, and Fuzzy Thinking
Language Changes Brains
Attention, Lifestyles, and Learning Disabilities
Learning Di
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ISBN: 9780684856209
ISBN-10: 0684856204
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 15th October 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1