What are you doing under that tree? A mom asks this of her child. I was dividing seven into twenty. With seven it starts repeating after the sixth decimal... The mother smiles in awe at her seven-year-old boy. Did you play with anyone today? Not really. He looks up at her with his beautiful clear-green eyes and smiles. -- A paraphrasing of a new, fascinating book by Katherine Beals: Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World, Trumpeter Press, 2009
Here is a book that you will want to read: Katherine Beals'Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World. Anyone with an alleged quirky child, or in fact anyone who is allegedly quirky themselves should really take a look. Katie, a friend of mine, really knows firsthand about the problems with school curricula that do not take left-brain issues and alternate learning styles and social challenges into account; she is the mom of one such quirky child. She intelligently and sensitively raises all the right questions about how we need to accommodate square-peg kids and bring out the best in them. With chapters like, "Hindered by reform math and other trends," and "Playdates, friends and family life," and "Adrift in today's classroom," Katie really nails the topic of the odd, often gifted child who is misunderstood, and how to better understand him.