NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?
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Will Barrett, 15, was struggling on the baseball team and in the classroom last spring at Christian Central Academy when he tried an unfamiliar therapy designed to retrain the brain through sound waves. Olivia Greiner and her parents decided Olivia should give it a try, too, as part of the steps they’ve taken to help the 10-year-old from Lancaster address mood and non-verbal learning challenges. Will, Olivia and their families can’t explain in detail how sessions work at the Kinesthetic Listening Center of Western New York – but the results speak for themselves. Anxiety gripped Will before sporting events and tests. Within a few weeks, kinesthetic listening boosted his performance on the ballfield and golf course. His grades improved dramatically. He passed all three Regents tests he took, including pulling an 87 on the year-end Spanish exam. "It's trained my mind to calm itself down," he said. Olivia has struggled with fine motor skills and in social situations with … [Read more...] about Kids with learning challenges reach milestones with ‘kinesthetic listening’
Editor's note: This story originally ran in August of 2017.BOULDER — The good doctor can smile now. He can roam the sideline at Folsom Field and share something the college football world should know: Phillip Lindsay should not be doing what he’s doing.It was eight months after Lindsay tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that Dr. Ted Layne, a physical therapist in Boulder who has worked with University of Colorado athletes on and off since 1977, got his first look at Lindsay, then a freshman running back with big hair, big dreams and a big, broken heart; eight months since Lindsay played two games at Denver South High on a blown-out knee; eight months, and the bum knee had the strength, range of motion and scar tissue of a knee recovering from an ACL tear ... 30 years ago.“People will remember when ACLs were first being restructured, they were in a cast from toe to hip,” Layne said Wednesday. “When you got out, you had a twig for a thigh … [Read more...] about Paul Klee archive: Buffs football star Phillip Lindsay a role model for Colorado kids
HEALTH 07/26/2018 10:00 am ET A new Pew survey finds the vast majority think using gene-editing technology to enhance intelligence would go too far. By Anna Almendrala Scientists are inching closer to successful human applications of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome-editing technology that helps them easily find, delete, and replace genes in any living organism. The benefits of such gene editing are obvious: Genetic mutations that cause birth defects or increase disease risk may one day be repaired in every cell, delivering a complete and thorough cure. But it also presents more ethically ambiguous possibilities, including the potential future ability to enhance or control for traits that aren’t life-threatening, as well as pass these genetic changes down to the next generation. While the majority of Americans think that treating a severe birth defect or reducing the risk of serious disease is an appropriate use of gene editing, most also believe that using the … [Read more...] about Americans Would Do Anything To Make Their Kids Smarter. Except Edit Their Genes.
By Daniel Brown | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 6, 2018 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: May 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm Click here if you’re having problems viewing this video on a mobile device. REDWOOD CITY — Kevin Durant, during a visit to this after-school hangout, began asking students what they want to do in life. Alysia Demery, 18, told the Warriors superstar that she wanted to go into the music industry, with the ultimate goal of living in New York. Durant could have told her good luck. He could have told her to chase her dreams. Instead, he simply nodded along as if her plan were already in motion. “Yeah, I can see you there,” Durant told her. It was the best thing he could have said. “Because nobody has ever told me my idea was actually good before,” Alysia said. And this is the best thing he could have done: Durant will help pick up tuition costs when Alysia and three other regulars from this Boys & Girls Club of … [Read more...] about Why Warriors forward Kevin Durant is sending these kids to college: ‘I didn’t mean to make him cry’