Counteracting tests

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Because so many schools, especially public schools, are dependent on tests that’s high stakes testing – the amount of funds they get depend on scores on tests. And they’re pretty much math and reading. So parents need to do something, because pretty soon kids get the idea that school is boring, it requires memorizing facts and only the kids that are good at memorizing and memorizing in reading and math are good students, so they start zoning out and acting out, not being engaged. A parent needs to be there to show a child that there are other things of value in life that make them important, that they can love to learn. It is more important than ever that they have joyful learning experiences, whether it’s in sports, athletics, a new language, cooking. Positive, joyful learning experiences outside of school, because they’re not having enough in school.

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Judy Willis, MD, MEd

Neurologist

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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