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public comments regarding public schools

The Real Cost of Classroom Technology

The headline in the December 12, 2012 edition of The Calgary Herald reports “Alberta’s Grade 4 reading scores stumble in international test“. While embarrassing for some officials, the headlines belie the fact that this meager decline, a barely noticeable 0.3%,…

12-12-12

It’s December 12, 2012 – aka ’12-12-12′, or ‘one-two-one-two-one-two’ day. It’s a fun day for many, especially dance instructors and wedding chapels. Optometrists, who have traditionally used the simple question ‘Which is better, one or two?’ for well over a…

My brother doesn’t go to school…

The shy 10-year old girl is very attentive while I check her vision. She follows the instructions very well and does exactly what she is told. We start by checking her refractive error, that is, the optical properties of her…

The Charles Adler Show

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to chat with national radio host Charles Adler on September 10, 2012, regarding a paper I co-authored called “Visual Impediments to Learning”, slated to be published this Winter in the Journal of…

Vision and Learning

For more information about how vision impacts upon learning at ages 5 and beyond, watch this informative video: http://video.wtvi.org/video/1502680017 About the video: Dr. Genia Beasley is a developmental optometrist working in North Carolina, USA. She was interviewed for HealthWise, local…

Child Visual Development

This excellent review provides a concise overview of child visual development from birth to 12 months. The page also includes tips on how to ensure your child is developing well. http://infantsee.org/x3638.xml Children should be assessed for visual dysfunction by 12…

Vision in the School

There are many things I enjoy about my job, one of these is when I speak to groups of developmental professionals to teach them about how vision affects reading and learning behaviour. The idea that vision has something to do…

NIHB Gets It Right

I’ve been writing for some time on issues of the importance of proper vision management for children in school. Currently, vision and how it affects learning and behavior is largely ignored in schools of medicine, psychology, and education. Not that…