"But I do not merely ask a lot of teachers. I ask a lot of all involved in the educational enterprise: our leaders, our parents, and our students themselves. No country achieves longterm success in education unless it catalyzes a synergistic commitment on the part of all partners... it borders on malpractice to design education that is backward-looking and that ignores what we now understand about how the mind constructs and reconstructs knowledge." Psychology Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University, The Disciplined Mind
Changes in Education and Training Methods
Does your organization want to develop the best possible students and employees? With the way technology and the world changes, this priority is imperative whether you prefer it or not.
For this reason, many schools, companies, and governments have embraced technology for education and training. Without a doubt, software is helpful for many aspects of information, assessments, etc. However, there is too much emphasis upon acquiring technology for assistance without considering what problems they cause.
Forgetting to Weigh the Risks Versus the Benefits
No school, company, or country should pay so much money for technology that will destroy them. Yet, they do. For the path to destruction is often paved by good intentions.
Before people use medications and surgical procedures for therapeutic purposes, they typically weigh the benefits versus the risks of side effects, complications, and death. In medicine, a medication or surgical technique is discontinued if it causes certain problems. It is doesn't matter if the initial purpose and clinical trials demonstrated phenomenal benefits. For the risks and bad outcomes will often negate the beneficial purpose for that method. Unfortunately, this concept is rarely considered in education and engineering. It is surprising that so many schools, companies, and governments ruin people's minds and brains without considering the limitations, side effect, and complications of hardware and software.
Part of the problem is the narrow habit of looking for results from methods and material. Instead, if someone wants the best results, one must understand the brain and the mind in addition to carefully watching for both positive and negative outcomes. One must stop a method or material if it causes too much trouble or rests upon opinion instead of actual research. Reliance on methods and material produce complications that could be avoided if they were created not with intentions but research and insight. The Common Core is one example of over-reliance upon faulty methods and materials that run counter to research about the brain and the mind. Despite the advertised intentions and promises, the Common Core is not preparing students nearly as well as methods and material in other countries.
In general, too many forms of software are ruining attention, learning, memory, problem-solving, and mastery. Students and employees all around the world are using less of their minds and brains than in previous eras at a pivotal time when they need to increase their abilities y as technology replaces human functions in one field after the other.
In the meantime, too many leaders are downgrading the crucial role of teachers who can understand and nurture a student immeasurably more than software. Those teachers can see the specific problems that a student has and might be able to help them immediately. If teachers are trained adequately, they can detect changes in a student's attitude, emotions, motivations as they progress through material or change from subject to subject. If teachers are enhanced further with understanding of neuroscience, they can understand the brains minds of their students better.
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If your school, company, or government wants to incorporate understanding about optimizing the brain and the mind, find out more from us. If your school, company, or government wants to apply technology in the best ways, please contact us.
"Countries must find and press their competitive advantages... Citizens must be primed to participate in the market economy as needed... the nations that are deemed most successful by current standards seem most concerned about the unsuitability of their current schools for future needs. East Asian societies call for more creativity and individuality..." Psychology Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University, The Disciplined Mind