Veteran pioneered learning techniques & assisted Marshall McLuhan

11Nov11
After returning home from the war, Dr. Art Hurst went on to study optometry at the University of Toronto. He then opened a practice in Newmarket.
As his practice expanded, he became intrigued with vision and its impact on learning and development. 
He soon discovered triggering all sense enables better and faster development.
“Vision is not the most important sense,” he said. “Using the other senses is just as important to learning. If you can train the senses from birth, the child will be reading by two-years-old.”
Dr. Hurst developed an array of apparatuses that tested the use of other senses, such as having a child put a peg in the appropriately shaped hole while blindfolded. 
His practice grew, with parents, who thought their child could not see, finding out the child actually had a learning disability.
“It wasn’t a problem with eyesight,” he said. “It was a problem with the way these kids learn.”
His study of vision attracted the attention of media guru Marshall McLuhan, who recruited Dr. Hurst to help study the effects of TV on children’s ability to learn. 
The two collaborated to develop early childhood development patterns.
“Could you imagine what would happen if children could do math by the time they reached school age?” Dr. Hurst said. “How much better would our leaders be?”
While working with Mr. McLuhan, Dr. Hurst developed a stereoscopic head camera to measure and track eye movement and focus points. 
Dr. Hurst also studied the link between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. 
The war hero, educator and inventor went on to become one of Canada’s leading vision therapy and learning disability experts, making presentations to the United Nations, but his lobbying efforts fell on deaf government ears.
From developing a machine that loads gun cartridges faster to studying learning disabilities, Dr. Hurst had one goal — to make things better.
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