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1.0 out of 5 starsNope
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
After numerous allegations of sexually abusing young boys in Boston and later North Carolina, Dr. Levine was forced to give up practicing medicine in 2009. He committed suicide in February 2011 just before being charged with sexual assault of former patients in Boston. His victims never had their day in court because Mel Levine killed himself. I recently purchased this book and had read the first chapter. While doing a google search for his foundation I found numerous articles in the New York Times discussing the history of sexual assaults allegedly committed br Levine. I will not be reading the rest of this book. It makes me sick that people are still making money off of a doctor that sexually assaulted young boys in the examination room.
Got this book about 20 years ago when my kids were young and “diagnosed” with ADD and I didn’t think they were. Dr. Livine doesn’t believe in ADD but rather that every kid’s brain is wired differently. I liked that. It gave me reassurance that my kids could make it in this world without the drugs they wanted to prescribe. Have a young mom friend I bought this book for who’s having concerns about one of her kids. Hope it helps her to understand how her child learns as it helped me.
2.0 out of 5 starsSame ideas available from less controversial sources
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2011
We used this book in a masters-level special education course this summer. While Levine's work may be helpful to a parent who has little information about students with special needs and current educational practices, everything in this book has been said before by serious researchers in cognitive development and educational psychology. If you're an educator, you've seen it before and from much more reputable sources. Levine doesn't even give credit to the educational and psychological heavyweights that have already explored these ideas before he packaged them in this book. Levine also pushes for some things he wishes schools would do, when his recommendations are already considered "best practice" in most school systems, showing that while he may have vast clinical experience as a physician, he isn't as well-versed as he could be in current educational practice. This may well stem from the fact that parents came to him when their schools were failing them - and so he had limited experience with schools that are doing things the right way.
In addition to the lack of originality and familiarity with current educational research and practice, there is the question of continuing to hold Levine up as a pediatric authority given the accusations and events that ended his medical practice and ultimately his life. While his suicide prevented the matter from ever being proven in a court of law, Levine surrendered his medical practice in more than one state following multiple accusations of misconduct with young patients in those states. The book includes more than one recommendation of matters that should be kept between young patient and doctor, where he recommends parents stay out of the conversation - creepy recommendations given what he was accused of. Given that his ideas can be found from many reputable education and medical sources, why use a source that is so tainted? Look to Gardener's work on Multiple Intelligences and you'll get everything you needed from Levine.
This is an extraordinary book. I read it to try to understand and help my grandson. I ended up seeing that all of have parts of our brains that are not high functioning, but that we each also have parts that are! We are truly uniquely and wonderfully made. Our education system needs to reflect that! I'm thrilled that NC seems to understand that and have begun to help teachers, parents and kids! Wonderful! While Dr. Levine is no longer with us, his work stands the test of time,