Thursday, October 19, 2006

Brain-based learning: Facts and fictions

There is a very interesting article in the Fall 2006 issue of the American Educator where a cognitive psychologists attempts to debunk some of the fact/fiction regarding common "brain-based" educational programs. As we all know, education often runs after fads, many of which the scientists have left a long time ago.

Aside from putting the practical realities of the recent strides in neuroscience research into proper "where the rubber meets the road" practical perspective, the author does a good job of discussing three popular myths:

1. Schools are designed for lef-brain students; 2. Schools are designed to suite girl's brains; 3. Classical music is especially important in the develoment of young brains.

This might be a good article to disseminate within educational circles.

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