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  1. This is a 'spin off' thread from the one talking about homeschool regulations etc. So what could happen to 'fix' the 'broken' public school system? I can't speak to the US system. Looking at the Australian one, there's a few good things - a national curriculum (which lists outcomes for each grade across each key learning area). Phonics is prioritised in learning to read, and is linked to federal funding. There are cross-curriculum priority themes about Aboriginal Australia, Australia's link to Asia, and Sustainability. All good things. They have to fix the fact that every state
  2. So India is having a terrible time, hitting younger people, and more deadly. So hard. This article was exciting, a polypeptide that could provide protection against every coronovirus. Makes you realise the incredible work some scientists are doing: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210411/New-polypeptide-could-provide-universal-protection-against-coronaviruses.aspx
  3. I did end up paying for Becky Chambers' latest 'Wayfarer' book, and I'm glad - it was really good. Her books are really 'feel-good' comfort reads, but with deep ideas. I also (as per the other thread) downloaded a complete works of Henry James. I have read "The Turn of the Screw" which was a bit bewildering, and then "The Wings of a Dove" (I didn't mean to - clicked on the wrong one - but it was good!) Definitely one of those slow reads with very little happening, but I enjoyed it. Although he would be SO easy to parody. Every other sentence has "something . . . everything . . . nothing"
  4. No, but I have seen it quite a bit when you dig into specific studies on classroom strategies/behaviours, especially when they're about gifted mathematicians. After learning one idea or concept, they're able to generalise it across other areas of mathematics or even outside the field itself. I've certainly seen it myself, teaching gifted students - you introduce one concept and they're quickly able to link it to other existing ideas.
  5. @PeterPan Absolutely speech paths, OTs etc 'work on' working memory. But there isn't a lot of really good research which shows what is effective. There are certainly studies here and there, but look closely and a lot of them use undergrad students doing the usual number recall test - not exactly kids with special needs with struggles in that area. I've read a couple of meta-analyses and they all say 'small improvements which typically don't generalise'.
  6. I also think they've widened it to be more than US issues. The fact they've set a lot of it in Europe touches on the huge issues with refugees and the different ways different countries in Europe managed it (and continue to manage it - it is still massive). There exists in parts of Europe enormous antipathy towards the refugees from Africa and the Middle East who have settled there, and I think this show references that. I would say I like the character of Sam but no, I don't get you Bucky lovers, I don't find him attractive nor particularly interesting. I agree that I find the action se
  7. Thank you, everyone! The background is that I read a book (The Art of Fiction by David Lodge) which used a lot of different books to analyse fiction. It reminded me of all the books I hadn't read. I had heard of The Turn of the Screw and knew about the two ways of reading it, and in fact as I was mostly reading it as "hallucinating governess" I had trouble following what the ghost story was supposed to be saying. I do think it was eerie though. @jrichstadI will give Portrait of a Lady a go. Basically I feel like I've read a lot of British and Russian classics and not many American. I read
  8. I just downloaded the complete works of Henry James, as I haven't read a lot of the 'American' classics. I read 'The Turn of the Screw' and was a bit mystified - they kept going on about the servants corrupting the kids, and I was wondering whether they were referring to abuse? I'm thinking now they were meaning that the kids were taught to lie. It definitely ended pretty abruptly. So out of his many other works, which would be the best to read next?
  9. Yeah it's pretty uneven viewing. This no.4 ep was probably the clearest and best so far. I like all the 'greys' involved in it all, esp as it doesn't venerate the military. But while I could enjoy Wandavision without knowing much backstory, this one is more of a slog. I let the kids watch Wandavision, but this is quite violent so they haven't been watching it.
  10. I always bring something as a topic of conversation when we visit my MIL who has a rocky r'ship with my partner. Local newsletter, so she can read through it and gossip about various people she knew. Magazine (gardening? Royals?) to flick through and comment on. Photograph album. Basically, looking at one another can be uncomfortable - having something else to focus on can help!
  11. That's interesting and definitely fits in with the idea. What resources did you use? I look back and I was so involved in my own imaginary worlds as a teen/young person that I just didn't notice so much stuff - I had quite poor social skills until I was forced into being more observant by moving to a completely new country where I didn't know the language or culture. And now I see the same with my boy, who lives in his imaginary worlds, and is satisfied with imaginary friends over real ones. Admittedly, he's still very young so it's age-appropriate, but I understand now how you can mis
  12. Yes - again, nothing new, we learned this at uni 30 yrs ago, it's called the 'generalisation problem' - teaching a skill in isolation means that it often can't be used in other contexts (especially for kids with learning problems; being able to generalise well is a sign of giftedness). But it's good to say it again because lots of $$ is going to cogmed type working memory programs - certainly, the child does better on the program, but research hasn't shown generalisation outside that. As you can imagine, though, they sell a lot of programs using their own research which shows vast improvement
  13. Admittedly I have just read the short summary (hey, it's Friday night here) : https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210405075850.htm But I found it interesting because a) there's just no good research on how to effectively remediate working memory issues and b) if you look at kids with ADHD and ASD, being able to get cues easily from the environment is so difficult. This overview suggests that increasing cues in the environment, and directly teaching kids to seek out this information, should be effective as a way of remediating executive functioning. I can see this as a func
  14. By chance, I read a library book this week - The Paris Library by Janet Charles. About the American library in Paris, set during WW2. It's one of those books which is very readable, interesting because the author's done the research, and yet you don't need to read again, because it doesn't say much. Also read a few non-fiction books but none of them super amazing. I'm plodding through The Idea of North by Peter Davidson which has a lot in it, really interesting ideas, and in the hands of a different writer would've been really exciting. It isn't though. I know who should've written it, Ia
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