Endangered Minds Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about It

ISBN-10: 0684856204
ISBN-13: 9780684856209
Edition: 1999
Authors: Jane M. Healy
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 arephysicallyshaped by experience -- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows likeSesame 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

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.nbsp; Jane and her husband claim they have learned most of what they know from raising three sons and enjoying six grandchildren.

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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