Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A-Z Wednesday

A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicky of Reading at the Beach. To join, look here.

This weeks letter is: E

Endangered Minds by Jane Healy

Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains?

In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:

-- How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
-- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street -- develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school
-- Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
-- How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born

My thoughts:
I have had this book on my TBR list for awhile and I finally purchased it last month. I haven't been able to read it yet, but I'm hoping I can get it read this year.


  1. This sounds like a really interesting book.

  2. Sounds like an important read!

    Here's mine:

  3. I think the answer is yes! Kids are getting toxic brains.Too much tv, games and other crappy media content.

  4. I agree! I was listening to my neighbor kids (4-5th grade), play outside yesterday and it was all violence driven. Scary.

  5. This sounds interesting and I agree..this has gotten to be a fast paced world. Too fast!

    My `E` book is here:

  6. This sounds like a book all parents should read!

    Thanks for playing!

  7. Sounds like this could be a helpful book. Good choice for this week! Hope you enjoy it.

  8. I agree you should read it soon, it sounds very important. Thanks for the post.



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