Posts Tagged education


Posted by on Wednesday, 8 January, 2014


humorous cartoon about gifted kids




It isn’t easy being a teacher. Lots  and lots of pressure from parents, school officials, and the community. The kids with problems need (and demand) a lot of attention. It’s great if you have a gifted kid or two in the class.  It leave a little more time to deal with the ones who need your attention.

This bothers Dr.  David Lubinski (Vanderbilt University). We need these gifted kids too. We can let them go off and “figure it out” on their own. They’ll get by just fine and lots better than fine. But don’t they deserve more than that? They shouldn’t be punished for being smart. They’re going to run this asylum some day. 

Lubinski  had 300 subjects in his study – kids and grown ups. (The study was published in Psychological Science.) They were real smarties with unbelievable SAT scores.  As they got older, they did terrific. The got great grades, got advanced degrees, got great jobs, and did really well with their lives.

Is there a problem here?

Lubinski says we’re not doing what we could be doing.

Yes, as a group, they did great. That’s what you would expect, okay? Gifted people usually do. There are programs for them, but not enough and no federal programs at all. We need, say the authors, to do better by them. It’s in our interest as a nation.

What does MISTER ScienceAintSoBad think?

Well it must be frustrating to have the world’s smartest kid and not have everything all perfect for him or for her. But, you know what? I don’t think we’ll run out of astronauts if we don’t pave their paths with petunias. It’s an interesting study. But MISTER ScienceAintSoBad isn’t convinced.

ScienceAintSoBadRating = 3

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The drawing is mine.

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So THAT’S Why I Talk With My Hands!

Posted by on Saturday, 8 January, 2011



The guy in the green Toyota? I guess he’s on his car phone or something. Either that or he fergot to take his meds.

Anyway, he’s chattering away like crazy. And his hands are waving in the air. First one hand steers, then the other. Meanwhile, he’s grabbing air and talking.

Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Is he driving with his knee and waving BOTH hands?

Oh boy.

You know what he’s doing?

Same thing YOU do when you’re blabbin’. Talking with his hands.

You’ve heard that Italians do it. Or Greeks. Or New Yorkers? Or.. It really doesn’t matter. EVERYBODY seems to wave his.her silly digits around in the air when talking.


Which is the funny part. What’s THAT about? Why wave yer hands around to make a point when you’re all by yourself?

Two studies looked at this ” gesture” stuff. One was in Psychological Science and another was in Perspectives in Psychological Science. Conclusion? According to Beilock and Goldin-Meadow (authors), all that waving around? It’s as much for you as it is for the other guy. It helps the brain figure out what it wants to remember and how to remember it.

You learn better if you use your hands to describe things. You learn worse if you don’t. Isn’t that funny?

Teachers and others who specialize in learning may not be grabbing air but they’re certainly scratching their heads about this.


Great science? Change the world? Important?

Probably not.

But if scientists weren’t so quirky, if they didn’t investigate silly crap like what makes the particles in a fluid jigger around, we might have missed out on a few things.

Like atomic theory.

I dunno how to rate this one precisely. A hand waver? I’ll say ScienceAintSoBadRating = 6.


No credits for the drawing. Just the author doodling.