How We Educate
The education model we have today started at the end of the 19th century with industrialization. Companies needed masses of people in their factories to work together building widgets. They needed those workers to be able to communicate and work out logistical issues within the factory-model workplace. Subjects like English and math were the main focus. Physical and academic activities were separated to accommodate limited classroom space and a single instructor.
Separating studies into subjects lends itself to formulaic memorization rather than critical thinking, cooperation, and creativity. Children become a conduit spoon fed information with little opportunity to challenge, question, or explore learning the way their brain actually functions. As children enter into classrooms earlier than ever, more of them are experiencing learning and behavioral problems such as ADD and ADHD.
The Science Of How The Brain Develops
Science has recently revised its notions of how the brain works. Research using MRI technology show that all information enters the brain through the senses - what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch, and the senses are activated by movement. Every function we do is made up of a set of movements. The more complex and sophisticated the function the greater intelligence we develop. The bottom line is that the quality of the movements that make up functionality is what enhances our intelligence. The NeuroElements approach shows how to integrate five elements into all functionality so that every child and adult can reach their full potential in any endeavor.
The Demands of Today
The demands of the information age are quite different from the industrial age. The information age requires us to think more critically, be more flexible and creative in our thinking, and be less structured or narrowly focused in our approach to tasks. Our current educational approach is failing students dramatically given the demands of the information age.
How Education Must Reinvent Itself
Some countries have radically redefined how they educate. Finland is rated at the top every year in student achievement. Among their many progressive policies was a switch in 2015 to educate by topic. The topics range from buying groceries to how CO2 affects the atmosphere, to how the human body evolved to function. Embedded in each topic is math, science, language, writing, and so on. Finland and Australia are integrating the quality of how students function into the everyday curriculum in some schools. This should show very interesting improvements.