Free will?

I sometimes wonder whether all these new findings are eventually going to negate the concept of free will.  Using fMRI testing, scientists have revealed that dyslexics have neurological differences, that people with severe Math difficulties also have...

Your Brain, or Mine?

While Arrowsmith Schools have always understood the neuro-physiological causes of "learning dysfunctions",  I have some  reservation about "fixing" the problems. We know from programs like FastForWord  that we now have the capability of...

Lurning to Reed Inglish

My first language was Estonian, a language scribed in  24 letters - totally phonetic; the "a" always sounds like "a", unless you put two dots over it.  In 1949, at age five, my father sat me down and taught me to read. He would plane lumber to build...

Why TOTALLY ENGLISH works for Chinese Kids

First, to be convinced that Totally English actually works, please see  ESL Results from China posted on 2010/01/01. Totally English is an approach, not a workbook.  It takes its ideas from educational research from Harvard and builds those...

Dyslexia label is a Red Herring

It is still commonly believed that dyslexics are people who have specific areas of academic difficulty but who are otherwise normally intelligent.  This definition assumes that there are other people out there who have learning difficulties but are...

ESL Results in China using TOTALLY ENGLISH

Here is a graph of comprehension results based on three groups of 7-9 year old students in Beijing, China.  Our setting was a small private after-school program with 10-12 students per group. These results include those who attended only twice...