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Does School kill Creativity?

I know this is an oldie, but such a good one to re-visit: Sir Ken is so entertaining and fun to listen to – and of course drives the point home at the same time:

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Davis Research

To tell you the truth, research has never interested me – I have seen so many success stories in my ten years of being a Davis Dyslexia Facilitator, that it’s not that relevant for me.
I know that others do want to have ‘proof’ that this is the right path – and of course there is value in that.
There are numerous research studies, peer reviewed ones, on the Davis website (www.dyslexia.com), but here is yet another one, if you are interested:

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Success story of dyslexics

I always find it interesting when stories come around that proclaim astonishment at the success of a dyslexic individual. These reports are often accompanied by phrases like: ‘He didn’t let Dyslexia get the better of him’, or ‘He or she achieved this despite being dyslexic’ or ‘he turned his struggle into success’.

What people often don’t realize (dyslexics included), is that they are brilliant BECAUSE OF THEIR DYSLEXIA, NOT DESPITE IT. Their talents, in this case a Scott’s student’s IT talents, are caused by their visual strenghts, their creative ideas, their big-picture mind and problem solving brains.

Read here:

Xero Internship for bright Dyslexic student


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Will Smith’s children, their amazing views on life and why school is overrated

WILLOW: I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, “Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.” But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.

JADEN: Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.

If you want to read more about these most unusual 14- and 16-year old siblings, click on this article:

I for one was inspired:

Jaden and Will Smith on Life, Quantum Physics and School


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Bored kids

bored kid

My child is really bored at school – and often at home too. What can I do to help him?

When I have a client who starts to yawn or looks like he is bored, it indicates to me that there is something he doesn’t understand – and that he needs a break. Most children who breeze through work, fully comprehending what they do, will only get bored with too much repetition. This of course does not apply to my clients. In the beginning they are struggling to follow instructions, grasp concepts, stay focused and apply what they have learned. Not surprisingly the overload will cause them to disconnect.

The result of such a confusion and overload is disorientation. Disorientation can show in many ways: the colour of the skin changes, the eyes are not engaged, fidgeting, breathing changes, mistakes are made – and quite often yawning. Most people might assume then: My child is bored or I am too slow. Instead of giving the child a break and then go back and slow down, they speed up or push on.

Teachers may not know this and it helps to ask a child questions that will indicate if the material that was just covered is really understood.


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Art and Creativity – and a great dyslexic example

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These two photographs were attached to an email I received that made me smile and appreciate the creative ways of dyslexic individuals to entertain themselves and create art and beauty as a by-product for us to admire:

Thank you so much for entering our lives.
I have a good feeling about this too.
I’ve started to read your book and I couldn’t stop crying. It’s the relief mostly. Knowing now that he’s actually a picture thinker, a right brainer! And that there is light for him.

Peter is unique and after your initial consultation and reading into it more, I can understand his behaviour now.
I had the perfect example of this, this last weekend gone by.
Instead of finishing a PDHPE assignment that was already 2 days late, he firstly fell asleep at the table, then after I let him sleep, later began to find things to fix, like the unused doorbell. He also unscrewed the peep hole out of the door and proceeded to take a photo through it. Which was actually a really creative idea, but at the time I just wanted him to focus on the work.
Later he tidied his room arranging 3 skateboards and creating a mood with coloured lights, then proceeded to lie on the floor and do an drawing, blowing ink around a page. I wasn’t aware he was doing all this, I was too busy doing his assignment, until he asked to use my phone to take a photo.
His focus is shocking, but now I know why. But something has to give because he’s got a lot of work ahead of him and he can’t continue to use me as his scapegoat. And It stresses me out so much.

I’ve also discussed this a bit with him, that I understand him better now and that I’m relieved we’ll be getting him help to focus.

I am sure there are a few mothers who can relate very well to this story. I have changed the name and feel honoured to be working with this young man soon. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Please let me know if this story resonates with you – or if you have a similar example at your home!