The U.S. Department of Education is in a state of flux-again. They are in the process of adapting the Common Core Standards. In the past each state taught its own standards, and while many standards overlapped, no two states had the same educational objectives. The Core Standards will unite educators in this country like never before. Every teacher will speak the same language, teach to the same standards and encounter similar struggles. How we do like sameness in the USA.
Two new shows on evening television, “Touch” and “Perception”, explore the idea of what it means to be gifted in modern society. In “Touch”, a young boy named Jake never speaks and is diagnosed with autism. The state is trying to place him in a special home for children with his disability. The father, played by Keifer Sutherland, isn’t satisfied with this and in his quest to keep his son, stumbles across Danny Glover’s character who has studied children like Jake. Danny Glover describes Jake’s world and says he can see connections between people the same way that nature applies the Fibonacci rule. That is, he sees connections between people, places, and events in the same way we notice the diamond pattern on the husk of a pineapple. The father is later able to communicate with his son using numbers as codes which leads him on adventures affecting characters across the globe.