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On Sat, 1 Feb 1997 LoulieK wrote:
> It's always interesting to speculate about the idiosyncratic habits of those
> around us or of those we teach. I don't really like thinking in terms of
> people as having learning disabilities (although a certain amount of
> categorizing allows us to help people). I think that the brain is so complex
> that we never see all of the variations in ways it can function. I like to
> try to figure people out in their own terms rather than label their
> differences. I realize this may be a somewhat simplistic viewpoint, but it
> leads me to some very interesting learnings.
> As a left-handed person, I have also found it easy to do things
> backwards and upside down, including spelling backwards as well as reading
> upside down with ease. Some of this ability may be spatial rather than
> left-handed, though. Left-handed people do have to learn to do most things
> backwards (for us) anyway, as we live in a right-handed world, so we develop
> skill through
> experience. I also do math in a strange way which works quite well for me but
> is not standard - more intuitive. My father and daughter seem to have similar
> abilities in math.
> Shinichi Suzuki, the person who developed the famous Suzuki method of
> violin playing, felt that talent increases with experience. Perhaps that
> explains partially why there are so many left-handed artists in the first
> place, in addition to the left brain-right brain information. The idea that
> talent increases with experience is another good argument for teaching
> drawing to all children. I know I'm speaking to the choir, but we don't let
> people stop studying math just because it's not one of their natural
> I love the list. Keep it coming.
> Louise King Lanzilotti
> Curator of Education
> The Contemporary Museum
> Honolulu, Hawai'i