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"We have our Boy Scout"

Radio report from the searcher who located 12-year-old Michael Auberry, the Boy Scout who went missing Saturday during a camping trip Virginia - North Carolina border.


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ADD probably do better in u... (Below threshold)
kim:

ADD probably do better in unstructured situations than the average. Imagine how distractability might help you in battle.
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This story just made my day... (Below threshold)
markm:

This story just made my day.

This impressed me:<bl... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

This impressed me:

Auberry, a Greensboro, North Carolina, attorney, said if he had it to do all over again, he would allow Michael to take part in the camp out.
"Someone asked me yesterday if there's anyone to blame, and there's no one to blame," Auberry said. "This happened in the blink of an eye, and I hope that soon we'll know the story."


kim "Imagine how distractab... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

kim "Imagine how distractability might help you in battle." Do tell. No really, I want to hear your theory on this. The Libby Gambit?

I don't know what kim was r... (Below threshold)

I don't know what kim was refering to but I discussed the ADHD issue with a native american lady (her whole family was ADD, including herself) and she felt that it was probably a selected trait since the ability to hyper-focus is also associated with ADD so that ADD native american hunters were likely more successful. It was annoying to her *now* but she saw how it might have been a benefit in the past.

How that might apply to modern combat, I couldn't guess.

Who said 'modern combat'? ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Who said 'modern combat'? Thanks for the anecdote from tradition.

Libby's mind was not like yours or mine, bD.
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"Libby's mind was not like ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Libby's mind was not like yours or mine, bD." ...WAS? Did he skip to Tel Aviv? Or Gstaad?

Heh, good point. I'm afrai... (Below threshold)
kim:

Heh, good point. I'm afraid it's more like yours and mine, now.
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bD, as pervasive as it is, ... (Below threshold)
kim:

bD, as pervasive as it is, it must have, or have had, survival value. What is that?
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Kim: Hoo-boy, Cliff Notes v... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Kim: Hoo-boy, Cliff Notes version: the first so-called "learning disability" was deemed Dyslexia in the early 70s. Not the REAL, exceedingly rare and real dyslexia, but a broad-brush inability to read words brought on by the abandonment of Phonics as the correct way to teach English (Which IS a phonetic language, right?) Instead, the Dewey-inspired teachers' colleges were going the Whole Word route instead of the Phonetic, syllabic and correct way. SO: DISASTER! Now, gradually, most public schools are returning to phonics, but due to transfers from lesser schools, and the discouragement that ineffectual teaching brings to both student and teacher, there are still pockets of students who actually believe that they are inherently unable to learn. This mental state in children promotes passive or agressive resistance to teaching itself and results in "acting out". To counter "acting out", drugs are the most efficacious recourse. But to prescribe drugs to children, a syndrome must be recognized. That syndrome is ADD/ADHD. Survival value?= 0

English is phonetic? Why i... (Below threshold)
kim:

English is phonetic? Why is there half of much dyslexia in Italy, which does have a phonetically consistent language. Do you think there are no differences in distractibility? Why do you conflate these two syndromes? Or are you just confused?
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You do know that 'ghoti' is... (Below threshold)
kim:

You do know that 'ghoti' is pronounced 'fish'? The 'gh' as in 'enough', the 'o' as in 'women', and the 'ti' as in 'condition'.

H/T GBS.
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Kim -You missed hi... (Below threshold)
joel8360:

Kim -

You missed his point. Here's the logic:

1. Kid is "taught" to read with an ineffectual technique (ie whole language).
2. Kid doesn't get it (because the technique is lousy) and therefore doesn't like school
3. Kid acts up in school because he doesn't like it
4. Pharmaceutical company says "Kids misbehave because of this syndrome. Oh, and here's a drug we happen to make that treats the syndrome."
5. Teachers drug kids so they will behave.

This is an over-broad generalization, of course, but that's his reasoning. He's not conflating ADHD and poor reading ability; he's saying the latter causes the former.

META-AGREEMENT: Don't disagree with people until you can argue their point of view in a way that they agree with.

Well, that's an interesting... (Below threshold)
kim:

Well, that's an interesting link, if true, between the two; I'd never heard that before. I agree the drugs are way overused in school children. That we have problems with ADD in school seems to me more a problem with the way education is structured than with inherent disabilities, er, I mean challenges. So we may not be very far apart in our thinking.

I insist, ADD has survival value. I also hear that 'dyslexia' is associated with relative perfect pitch.

I suspect he's fooled a the post hoc ergo propter hoc association between the two syndromes, if in fact such association exists. Now I'm curious.
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