NaBloPoMo Post #23: A New Focus on Education

November 22nd, 2009

I heard a story on NPR this morning on education. I’m waiting for it to be posted online so I can listen to it again because it was hard to catch all the details with Lexi chattering in the backseat. Plus, it was an hour long interview and I was in the car for 15 minutes.

Anyway, if I heard correctly, I’m pretty excited about this research. The basic focus is taking some steps backwards in education. There should be much less of a focus on what we learn and more of a focus on how we learn. Because the content of what we learn will be quickly forgotten and we can always look up the facts later. But how we learn, how we aquire and retain knowledge, that should be the focus. Test scores, homework, grades…that’s not where the focus should be.

The focus should be on the whole person. Bring back the arts, music, dance. More enrichment. By developing these talents that a person naturally has, it helps to develop the section of the brain that allows a person to retain information (this is where Lexi started asking about 10000 qestions about where birds live so I missed a lot of the technical stuff). But I think the gist of it was that if a person develops their natural talents it stimulates a certain section of the brain and that, in turn, allows a persons ability to learn to increase.

Tomorrow, I’m going to to be looking around for more information on this. I promise, links to sources will be coming as well as more details on the research. But it was fascinating to hear. The whole concept was something I’d like to see put into practice in our schools. I disagree with how much emphasis is put on memorizing facts for a test and how little time students get to do something other than academics. One thing I know I heard was the emphasis that play is an important part of the learning process and should not be elimated from the school day.

2 Responses to “NaBloPoMo Post #23: A New Focus on Education”

  1. rebekah on November 23, 2009 9:02 am

    Ooo… very interesting. Please post that link! I’m just getting my toes wet trying to understand how schools and education work and how my kids think.

  2. MM on November 30, 2009 3:19 pm

    This sounds like Ladson-Billings research too. I just finished reading her book, “The Dreamkeepers.” Read it – as teachers and moms of black boys, it’s really compelling. This is, esentially, one more argument for cultural relevant pedagogy.


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