Can neuroscientists improve education?
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That's certainly what the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are hoping with their plans to spend £6m on research into the very subject. And from the sounds of it, they've got a good chance.
Not that it's entirely down to the neuroscientists, since they'll be working in collaboration with teaching professionals to improve education for children of all backgrounds (which, in these tech-heavy days, is more important than ever). This will include – bit of a no brainer – how kids take in and process information on a neurological level, and how sleep and lengths of lessons can affect it.
The idea is to built up a cache of scientific evidence – to shake off any stigma brought on by initiatives like Brain Gym – and to give the way we teach a basis in hard facts, rather than bias, anecdote, and all that nonsense. Sadly, it probably doesn't include letting kids try their hands at brain surgery. Rocket science is probably fine though.
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I currently am co-organizing an evening Laboratory for parents at my school. It hosts a neurologist who proposes case studies and help attendees draw some conclusion about possible strategies with children.
Parents are hugely interested in knowing more about their children's mind, how it works and how it could develop better.
We talk about emotions, lifestyles, cognitive and social skills. I can't say at the moment what the outcomes are for children's behavior or their learning habits. We'll see them later this year.
However, I think it is a tremendous help for parents since it sheds some light into a rather unknown field for many of us. And it could also give new hopes and energies for parents and educators working with young people.