What Square Pegs Need

by barbaraluther on June 20, 2013

3587460_sI recently happened upon a fascinating book by L. Todd Rose who is a Harvard Graduate School of Education professor: Square Peg: My Story and What It Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, & Out-of-the-Box Thinkers.

Rose has been diagnosed with ADHD. He dropped out of high school but ended up becoming a professor at Harvard. This book is his story, and it’s a wonderful argument for the changes so badly needed in our schools. He talks about the key idea of variability and what that means when we try to educate children. He is considered a leader in the field of educational neuroscience and has founded Project Variability to support all learners in reaching their potential. You can check this out at www.projectvariability.org.

I prefer Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s term, neurodiveristy, but Rose’s variability term encompasses every learner, whether they have a physical disability or a unique brain wiring.

If you are interested in what we can and should do to offer a good education to all learners, then you’ll enjoy this book. Rose’s story alone is fascinating, and the statistics are quite sobering about how many children our education system is failing. He summarizes the key ideas of each chapter and offers action items around those ideas. He references a great deal of technologies to support learning and he proposes the smart development of digital learning.

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