Sunday, December 5, 2010

* Rewiring our Kids' Brains: OOPS! ( from Bill and Melinda Gradgrind Foundation )

Out! Damned Spot

A recent New York Times article suggested that computers are rewarding kids for "jumping to the next thing" and that that very reward process may be "rewiring brains" in ways we do not yet understand.

This is an inconvenient truth for those of us at Bill and Melinda Gradgrind Foundation, for we are spending millions of dollars under the assumption that "best teaching methods" can be filmed in classrooms and distributed to other teachers to imitate. 

If the brain is in a state of transition due to this "rewiring' process, the very methods we film and certify as VALID and EFFECTIVE, may already be becoming obsolete.

Oh well. We'll just plow ahead anyway.  

“I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no

more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (3.4.135–137)


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