Friday, November 11, 2011

Home Schooling - Part 3 of a 12 Part Book Review - Brain Rules - Rule 3



Song:  Raptamei Pi

Group:  E.S. Posthumus


BRAIN RULE 3

WIRING: Every brain is wired differently



The most fascinating thing about the brain that is explained
in this chapter encompasses two facts:

1)  The brain starts out with a great surplus of neural connections.
It then selectively prunes the under stimulated connections
(although it is a constant process...it heavily prunes during certain phases
in young children and once again during puberty...
 the timing of which varies by years at times...
from child to child).

2)  The brain adds connections to heavily stimulated areas...
at all ages.


These two facts alone tell us the great importance of nurture.

The giving of correct stimuli to the child early on keeps the strong 
connections from being pruned (the value of early learning).

The incorporation of good habits, even later on, actually 
changes the hard wiring of the brain.
Although it takes longer than it would have taken
earlier in the child's pruning phases
(Young Child / Puberty)...
a person can change himself through a change in habits...
through enough repetition.

The author goes on to explain a major point that has a direct impact on education.

  The set milestones of learning in school...
the classification of children by age instead of performance...
is WRONG.

As some children are out of synch in their timing of maturity with the other children...
to have them try to master the same intellectual tasks as the group when
they have yet to reach the cognitive maturity of their peers...
often leaves the child behind.


An educational system that cannot classify by abilities...
 can mitigate the negative effects through more student ability tailored classrooms
through the use of far fewer numbers of students per teacher.

This will allow, the author goes on to explain, a customized 
teaching experience for the students.

Chapter Summary:

1)  What you do and learn in life physically changes what your brain 
looks like - it literally rewires it.

2)  The various regions of the brain develop at different rates in people.

3)  No two people's brains store the same information in
the same way in the same place.

4)  We have a great number of ways of being intelligent...
many of which do not show up on I.Q. tests.


Of course...
what we are doing with Alex is the ultimate
in customization...

Home Schooling.

With the great number of excellent on line courses...
all auto tailored to each child through merit...
the child may not progress without thorough understanding...
in effect allowing him to linger on lessons which stymie him.

Each concept may be mastered before moving forward.

He can never be left behind...
as he controls the pace.

He won't have to suffer the frustration of repeating learned material
while waiting for the class to catch up...
as he controls the pace.

Who knows the child/children more than parents.

Who better to set his educational pace than his own intellect?

I say...
look into the various on line courses...
if not to completely Home School...
then to supplement...
no...
to get them way ahead of the class curve.

Home Schooling K - 12

The ultimate in educational customization.






2 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I don't see public schools ever moving toward this approach in any great degree, though my son's school is as close to that as I know of. Your home schooling is certainly pushing Alex to levels he never would have gotten to in a regular school.

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  2. That is what is so excellent about the Davidson Academy (our goal)...it does just that. Home Schooling is the next best thing. A good private school can also be tailored to the child.

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