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26 May 2006 - 20:50
Dr. Martha Bridge Denckla, a neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, treats sons and daughters of professional and official workers in the Washington metropolitan region who have executive dysfunction, usually — but not always — in combination with learning disabilities. "What fascinates me is kids who attend good schools, go off to college with perfect SAT's and then flunk out in their first year because there is too little structure for their scattered minds," Dr. Denckla said. " `On your own' is a death knell for these kids." source:
So I can see where differentiated instruction is going to be a big help around here.
Often, Dr. Denckla said, adults with executive deficits can be relatively successful, "as long as there is another human being — a co-author, a teacher, a wife — who acts as an auxiliary frontal lobe to keep them on track."
Not going to happen.
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As long as there is another human being — a co-author, a teacher, a wife — who acts as an auxiliary frontal lobe to keep them on track Yep. Some people need this all their lives, and do fine if they can find it. -- CarolynJohnston - 27 May 2006
John always talked about that. There are all kinds of high-flyer successful guys who are surrounded by organized women. Bill Clinton, for instance. REASON published an amazing article about Clinton awhile back quoting Woodward saying Hillary basically was Bill Clinton's brain... I should go find that. -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
Can the President Think? It's very hostile, and I think she ends up on a seriously wrong track (she dismisses ADHD & "diagnoses" Clinton with OCD). But there are a lot of interesting quotations from people who observed the Clintons. -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
Not until Bob Woodward's The Agenda could one be certain of the original template for the mosaic technique. One finds it in the partly quoted, partly paraphrased views of George Stephanopoulos: "'You've got to always keep in mind,' Stephanopoulos said to one of his closest associates, that watching Clinton 'is like a kaleidoscope. What you see is where you stand and where you're looking at him. He will put one facet toward you, but that is only one facet.' Every time, the kaleidoscope would reflect the fragment of stone at the bottom in a unique way, showing a different facet; every person would see a different pattern. -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
Other journalists have taken the next disturbing step: They've looked behind the self-contradictory mosaic and reached the grim conclusion that Clinton has no "self." In his book, Strange Bedfellows, which describes the coverage of the presidential campaign of 1992, Rosenstiel writes: "Like many politicians Bill Clinton is a man of unfinished and contradictory character--scholarly and shallow, outgoing and shy, principled and craven, the mood depending on the motive. He possesses extraordinary talent and a fierce thirst for knowledge and insight, but above all approval. One reporter who spent time with him in New Hampshire found him one of the most outwardly directed people she had ever met--as if he had little inner sense of self at all." environmental dependency -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
here's the line I remembered On June 7, 1994, Bob Woodward was interviewed on C-SPAN about The Agenda. The discussion moved to Hillary Clinton, and Woodward said in emphatic tones, "I'd go so far as to say she's a part of Bill Clinton's brain." [snip] To an inordinate degree Hillary Clinton thinks for Bill Clinton. Specifically, she is Bill Clinton's access to the laws of logic, without which no thinking is possible. Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic has discussed Clinton's blindness to logic on a number of occasions. On February 1, 1993, he wrote, "The most disturbing quality about Clinton is his indifference to contradiction. Not excluding the political middle by not excluding the logical middle, that appears to be Clinton's strategy. And so he can hold in his mind simultaneously, and sincerely, notions that cannot really be held together." And, again in the July 19-26, 1993 issue: "He lives without the law of contradiction." Hillary Clinton provides Clinton with certain narrow logical skills of which he is singularly bereft. ...Mrs. Clinton is on speaking terms with logic, and he cannot function without her. Some White House reporters have gradually discovered this dependence. Initially they saw Hillary as a helpful adjunct to presidential decision making. Just after the election, Eleanor Clift and Mark Miller said in Newsweek, "Hillary is Bill's Daytimer, the gentle lash who keeps him focused, who doesn't mind making decisions and refereeing disputes when Clinton would rather stall." This description is a bit too soft. Take out the "gentle" and the "doesn't mind," and you have a clearer picture of a Hillary who keeps Bill's mind focused, who makes his decisions, and who resolves his conflicts. Six months later, in late June 1993, at the peak of the Clintons' bizarre succession of political catastrophes, Eleanor Clift returned to Hillary to answer the question, "Has health care kept her from helping Bill?" Clift's answer was an unequivocal yes: "[Many staffers] blame Clinton's inability to make up his mind on any number of issues--from Bosnia to the BTU tax--on Hillary's distance from the Oval Office. Clinton's decision to delegate health care to his wife disrupted the delicate balance between the couple. Because Hillary has a real job, she cannot devote the time she once did to her husband's problems. And he has suffered as a result." And nine months later, in March 1994 as the sex and money scandals were exploding over the Clintons' heads, Time published an article called "The Trials of Hillary." It was written by Nancy Gibbs, and all impulse to soften Hillary had vanished. Rather, with the first lady under fire, it was necessary to make her importance clear. Gibbs cited people close to the Clintons as the source for a crisp description of the essence of Bill Clinton's dependency on Hillary: "Their friends observed that he needs her brains, her logic, her focus" That is undoubtedly true. But it cannot be the whole truth. One can readily purchase brains, logic, and focus in the marketplace. One does not have to marry them. For Clinton, a wife with brains, logic, and focus serves a deeper need. In a particular and important way, Bill Clinton is cognitively disabled. Did I mention this is a seriously hostile article?? Obviously this goes a little beyond the idea of the ADHD guy needing a stable wife to organize him.... -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
I'm sure Bush is ADHD, too. Speaking as a certified Distance Psychologist. -- CatherineJohnson - 28 May 2006
differentiatedinstruction -- CatherineJohnson - 08 Sep 2006