Category: Learning & Cognitive Health

Invest in music education

invest in music education

A leading classical musician is introducing an eye-catching initiative to widen access to music for children. The Chinese pianist, educator and philanthropist Lang Lang has announced plans to set up several ‘piano labs’ in schools, each with 20 to 30 keyboards. The first piano… Continue Reading “Invest in music education”

Studying history helps us deal with conspiracy theories, lies and disinformation

Studying history helps us deal with lies and disinformation

Why teaching critical thinking is critically important

Discussing the number of Americans who believe in at least one phenomenon that defies the laws of science, Professor Steven Pinker mentions psychic healing (55%), ESP (41%), haunted houses (37%) and ghosts (32%), “…which also means,” Pinker writes, “that some people believe in houses… Continue Reading “Why teaching critical thinking is critically important”

Adventurous play helps children learn resilience and how to assess risk

“If we want children to be prepared for risk, we need to allow them to come into contact with risk.” So says Prof Rolf Schwarz of Karlsruhe University of Education in a recent newspaper article on how Germany is leading the way in an… Continue Reading “Adventurous play helps children learn resilience and how to assess risk”

A gymnasium of the mind that everyone can join

A gymnasium of the mind that everyone can join

Children need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively

It was the end of the 1970s when Pink Floyd were at Number One in the charts with a song the lyrics of which spoke of “dark sarcasm in the classroom” and included the cry “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!” The accompanying video… Continue Reading “Children need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively”

Quality not quantity: focus catch-up plans on how children learn best

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: FOCUS CATCH-UP PLANS ON HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST

A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning

“Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive.” So begins a child’s automated response to the headmaster Thomas Gradgrind’s request in Hard Times for the definition of a horse. In the “nothing but Facts” Gradgrindian worldview Dickens brilliantly captures the… Continue Reading “A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning”

Free play is an important ingredient in the learning mix

Concerns about the damage to children’s wellbeing caused by a relentless focus on academic achievement and an unforgiving accountability-by-results culture — a 2019 survey of primary school heads included the comment “For those children in year 6 it’s intense, it’s grotty. It’s just reading,… Continue Reading “Free play is an important ingredient in the learning mix”

‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning

‘The joy of not knowing’ might seem like an odd, even somewhat counterintuitive, statement to make in the context of a discussion about learning — after all, most people probably think about education in terms of the acquisition of knowledge — but it is… Continue Reading “‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning”