Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

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Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

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Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

 

It may seem trivial to say the brain is what learns and that, therefore, we need to know about the brain when we consider how to improve learning outcomes. But until the late twentieth century, the brain seemed more like a black box than an organ whose processing could be understood and improved. Today however, as Leslie Hart states in Human Brain and Human Learning, “Anyone who does not have a thorough, holistic grasp of the brain’s architecture, purposes and main ways of operating is as far behind the times as an automobile designer without a full understanding of engines.”

Education informed by neuroscience can give new and real meaning to our desire as a nation to leave no child behind. Moreover, it may offer the only true opportunity for the disruptive change that education needs for current and future generations to be educated to face the challenges ahead. It can do this in several specific ways: