News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: Call out the “gender pedagogues” as the heading of this post News “Briefs” may not be gender neutral. Actually the gender pedagogues were hired by the Edalia preschool in Stockholm Sweden “to help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes” so that boys are no longer boys and girls are no longer girls…they are all referred to as “friends.” How cute! And when visitors come they don’t refer to “him” or “her” they call them “he
Exercise, survival, wiring, attention, short-term memory, long-term memory, sleep, stress, sensory integration, vision, gender, and exploration…These are the twelve principle exposed by author John Medina to keep your brain healthy, wealthy, and wise. These are fully outlined in Medina’s Brain Rules.
In Medina’s chapter on attention he addressed our spans of attention…generally a full ten minutes. As an introvert who now enjoys giving presentations that often last longer than that I was interested in his theory. He doesn’t suggest that you cannot talk for more than ten minutes, you may just have to grab their attention every nine minutes and fifty-nine seconds.
Last fall the sports world was in high angst when a South African athlete was accused of being more that met the eye. Caster Semenya, an 18 year old runner won the gold medal in the 800 meter run at the World Athletics Championships. Semenya won the woman’s title in a fantastic performance capping a rapid improvement over the past year.