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Words can’t express how deeply revolting I find this Time.com headline: “Autism’s Invisible Victims: The Siblings” Starting with my own son, many siblings will be the first to tell you that their lives have been enriched beyond measure by sister or brother who happens to have autism. ENOUGH with teaching our children to view themselves [...]

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Sandy offers lesson in folly of assumption

Published on November 1, 2012 by in News

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A storm like Sandy teaches many lessons. In my tiny corner of the world 3000 miles from Sandy comes reinforcement of my mantra, that an assumption is often no more than an uneducated guess. I’ve gotten several emails asking if I’m safe after the storm. I am, because I live in Oregon. Over the years, [...]

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Busting the hysterical fear-mongering sales ploy

Published on October 24, 2012 by in News

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Hey, hucksters! Example of a sales pitch illustrating how to ensure that I never buy your books or products: “If you have a child with autism, you know that life is NOT like a roller coaster ride. It’s more like hanging upside down on a triple corkscrew that makes sudden and surprising stops in shark [...]

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The problem with the presidential debates is that they need one of our kids to moderate. Notice how both candidates rapped repeatedly on “playing by the rules,” but neither one of them did? Didn’t respect the time limit rules, didn’t respect the authority of the moderator, didn’t respect the rules of common courtesy. Put a [...]

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“Best and brightest” = meaningless cliche

Published on October 8, 2012 by in News

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(Unnamed presidential candidate) talks a lot about attracting/hiring “the best and brightest” teachers. This is a meaningless cliche that’s beginning to annoy me greatly. What constitutes a “best” teacher? Tell us. And “brightest” is no guarantee of ability to teach effectively. My mother loves to tell of her college chemistry professor, a Nobel prize winner [...]

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