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Read "Proust and the Squid The Story and Science of the Reading Brain" by Maryanne Wolf available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. Proust and the squid: the story and science of the reading brain. by Maryanne Wolf; C J Stoodley. eBook: Document. English. New York: Harper. Interweaving her vast knowledge of neurology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with fascinating down-to-earth examples and lively personal anecdotes.
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They exist now. The internet exists now. Thinking you can raise your child without Internet or computers to age 18 is And not own a TV. Or any cell phones. Or having any friends.
Fluent, silent comprehension in the later phases of reading development would have symbolized for Socrates the most dangerous moment in literacy, because it makes the reader autonomous. It gives each new reader time to make predictions, to form new thoughts, to go beyond the text, and to become an independent learner.
Keep people ignorant, it really is for the best. Equally courageous, Socrates feared above all else that the "semblance of truth,"conveyed by the seeming permanence of this written language, would lead to the end of the search for true knowledge, and that this loss would mean the death of human virtue as we know it.
Socrates never knew the secret at the heart of reading: the time it frees for the brain to have thoughts deeper than those that came before. Dyslexia Now, when we realize on page 21 that her firstborn son has dyslexia, it all suddenly becomes clear to us. When people belong to a group that is maligned or not valued, it is only natural human instinct to try and insist that this group is powerful and special. It's not bad, but Wolf spends a lot of time - like Cain does in Quiet - talking about how amazing dyslexics are and how full of untapped potential they are and how creative they are.
She also talks about how hurtful and permanently damaging it is to make a child feel like he's stupid or worthless because he struggles with reading. All of these are valid points, but you know. A little saccharine. Cain, I think paints introverts as magical fairies more than Wolf paints dyslexics as powerful artists - but that's mainly due to writing style.
Wolf can't break out of her dry, textbook speak to attempt to do what Cain was doing. The most important thing I think Wolf covers is how important it is to diagnose dyslexia early, help children to learn to read even if they may have some sort of learning challenge, and build a kid up instead of making him feel like shit.
These are important, good ideas. She also helpfully points out that all forms of dyslexia are NOT the same and not set at the same degree. As for her insinuations that people with dyslexia are geniuses, poised for great things - I mean, it varies. I don't agree, but it seems a go-to for many people. But some people with dyslexia are average.
Some introverts are amazing, revolutionary people or world leaders. But some are average. Some people with autism do amazing, wonderful things that change the world. But some live out lives that don't end up with them being rich, famous, or widely lauded geniuses. Just like any population or sub-population.
I understand it is super-important to her because of her son, though. I understand her urge to see powerful people as dyslexic, search for evidence of dyslexia in every single famous person she comes across, and her obsession with how smart, talented, wonderful, and brilliant people with dyslexia are.
I completely understand. Parents of children with autism and dyslexia may need reminders that even though the world is hard for and punishes people with autism and dyslexia, there is hope and goodness and wonder. I never saw introverts as a persecuted group, honestly, but Cain told me that they are and how they should be JUST as respected and lauded as extroverts.
Which I have no argument for, it's just that reading books like this are a bit Not very interesting.
You probably will get the most out of this book as a parent of someone with dyslexia, because that is the angle Wolf is writing from and probably who will relate to her the most. She talks about teaching children with dyslexia to read: the challenges, the tips, the sweetness of success. However, if you do not have dyslexia or do not have a child with dyslexia or are not a reading teacher, you might not be as glued to the pages.
Just a warning.
What is it about the dyslexic brain that seems linked in some people to unparalleled creativity in their professions, which often involve design, spatial skills, and the recognition of patterns? Was the differently organized brain of a person with dyslexia better suited for the demands of the preliterate past, with its emphasis on building and exploring? Will individuals with dyslexia be even better suited to the visual, technology-dominated future?
Is the most current imaging and genetic research giving us the outlines of a very unusual brain organization in some persons with dyslexia that may ultimately explain both their known weaknesses and our steadily growing understanding of their strengths? It's a strange viewpoint.
Things ARE changing. For instance, they are talking about re-working IQ tests because they think the scores may not be valid anymore, due to the changing nature of learning and processing information. For one thing, Wolf does not have an easy or accessible style. This reads like a scientific journal. That may appeal to you.
If you are a person who claims most non-fiction is 'dumbed-down,' you will love this.