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ERIC Number: ED108659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-29
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
Mind, Languages, and Literacy.
Debes, John L., III
For the past 100 years we have been acting as if education in school was of words, by words, and for words, but in fact verbal literacy was preceded by visual literacy when humans communicated with body language before they had speech. American educators have been concentrating efforts on the left hemisphere of the brain in which the verbal language skills, including reading and writing, develop and ignoring the right hemisphere of the brain in which visual sequencing, visual literacy, and visual patterning develop. Quite by accident, television has begun to cultivate the right side of the brain. That this may be so was discovered when Dr. Robert Thorndyke and others began to revalidate the Stanford-Binet IQ test, and it was found that the IQ of children changes, rising sharply at about age 2 when children begin paying attention to television and declining at age of 5 1/2 when children begin school and are pressed in the direction of verbal activities and forced away from the visual activities in which they have become skilled. Programs in several schools have shown that training in visual skills can produce a marked increase in verbal skills. (KKC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29, 1974)