Endangered Minds: Why Children Dont Think And What We Can Do About I (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 19, 2011 - Education - 392 pages
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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
  

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User Review  - Anne Thistlethwaite - Goodreads

Very good. But if you want ignorance is bliss, skip it. It's pretty convincing. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristy Hill - Goodreads

This book is scary, but it does offer some hope. Our brains are changing to account for a fast-paced, in your face, instant access world. Kids are getting harder and harder to reach, partly because ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
9
Natures DoubleEdged Sword
47
Environment Shapes
66
LANGUAGE FUZZY THINKING AND
83
Sagging Syntax Sloppy Semantics
105
Language Changes Brains
123
ATTENTION LIFESTYLES
135
Sesame Street and the Death of Reading
218
Disadvantaged Brains
235
minds of the future
275
New Brains New Schools?
277
Teaching the New Generation to Think Human and Computer Models at School and at Home
308
Expanding Minds
330
Notes
347
Index
367

Why Cant They Pay Attention?
151
The Starving Executive
177
TV Video Games and the Growing Brain
195
Reading Group Guide
383
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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.

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