Trey Truitt eyes comeback after vision defect dampened last season – Mercer Cluster

It’s the top of the eighth. The game is tied 7-7. One out. Runners on first and second. Full count. The conference championship is on the line. As Trey Truitt laid the bat on his shoulder, he stared at the pitcher thinking, “If the ball was coming to hit me, I had to turn and…
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The Pressure to Learn to Read Early

The Pressure to Learn to Read Early

There are very few children of average intelligence who cannot learn to read. Learning to read is a difficult process. The only reward in the early stages is the satisfaction of increasing success at breaking the code and being able to do something that adults do. It takes a long time – longer for some than for others – to be able to read independently for fun and for information. Continue reading

Look to See

The following essay is from This Idea Must Die, edited by John Brockman. It dispels the myth that we perceive the world passively. Vision is much more than visual acuity as stated in Vision: A Collaboration of Eyes and Brain  Continue reading

Reading in the Brain Part One


Stanislas Dehaene has made important contributions to our understanding of how the brain processes mathematics (Number Sense) and reading (Reading in the Brain). This has the potential to develop more effective instruction which will enhance learning. In the words of the author… Continue reading

The Organized Mind: Daniel J. Levitin

A key to understanding the organized mind is to recognize that on its own, it doesn’t organize things the way you might want it to. It comes preconfigured, and although it has enormous flexibility, it is built on a system that evolved over thousands of years to deal with different kinds and different amounts of information than we have today.
The brain is more like a big, old house with piecemeal renovations done on every floor, and less like a new construction.
These simple facts about the kinds of things we tend to lose and those that we don’t can tell us a lot about how our brains work, and a lot about why things go wrong. Continue reading

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, Part Two


Walter Mischel

Walter Mischel is presenting research about traits which have a higher correlation with a happy and productive life than do the results of formal measurements of intelligence. Programs which are promoted to stimulate intellect are not directed toward overall development. It is difficult to resist what is currently in vogue when it is promoted by professionals, popularized by the media and endorsed by other parents. There are constancies in child development which anthropologists have measured over time and across cultures. How children are nurtured, however, varies across cultures and changes in our culture from generation to generation. Walter Mischel goes on to explain about how self-control can be developed…. Continue reading

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, Part One


“I think, therefore I can change what I am.” is a good theme for this book. Walter Mischel developed the marshmallow test with students at Stanford in the 1960s. In the test, a young child has a marshmallow placed in front of them and are told that they can eat it at any time. However, if they wait, they will get two marshmallows instead of one. The experimenter then leaves the room and the child is observed to watch the strategies they employ and how long they resist the temptation. The child’s degree of self-control was found to have a high degree of correlation with how they performed in their world. What was not expected is that their self-control on the test correlates with individuals’ behaviors decades later.

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