Category: opinion

Advocacy soap box.

Homeopathy

See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allopathy (Western medicine, biomedicine, evidence-based medicine, or modern medicine) Homeopathy is founded on some fuzzy science and not a lot of hard clinical evidence of efficacy. Having said that, much of what is purported by so-called modern…

The Real Cost of Classroom Technology

The headline in the December 12, 2012 edition of The Calgary Herald reports “Alberta‚Äôs 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…

Toys for Strong Vision 2012

A colleague has prepared a list of toys that boost visual skills, I’ve modified it and reproduced it below. The timing is right, given the season, but what is most remarkable about the list is that electronic ‘brain boosting’ toys…

5 Ways to Prevent Cyber-Bullying

How a little knowledge can help save children’s lives and dignity. There’s been a lot of discussion in the media regarding ‘cyber-bullying’ and teen suicides on the heels of the very public suicide of 15 year-old Amanda Todd. CBC.ca reports…

Charity Begins At Home

I love this simple expression, it means so much. In effect, before we can begin to do any good for anyone else around us, we must first be willing to show compassion and kindness to those closest to us. For…

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…

Bias In Evidence-based Care of Learning Difficulties

The term ‘evidence-based medicine‘ (EBM) has risen to celebrity, perhaps religious, status among healthcare practitioners. The term, when used, suggests that a particular treatment is preferred because there is evidence that it works. The medical and pharmaceutical industries love this…

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…