Overstimulation

12Jan09

Interesting article from the Boston Globe about how cities make us dumber. I would make many of the same claims about the design of much of the curriculum students have to deal with. Reading noisy pages is hard for adult readers, as many of the studies in this book by Colin Wheildon show. Put words in all caps, or color, rotate them just a bit or put a shape around them, and they become massively more difficult to read for anyone. But we give kids pages junked up with colors and pictures and cartoon iguanas and screaming words. A bad mistake.

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