“I had way too much fun in school.”
It was one of the best compliments a 25 year old man can give his former Science coach. For some, it was also the most ironic. He was talking about middle school and high school, and all those intense years of studying and preparing to compete in Science Olympiad as a team. Fun? You bet!
I’ve tried, really I have—tried to believe in “new” ways, curriculum approaches, the different methods of education. But, after 18 years as a Science Olympiad coach, they never measure up to the comprehensive study, research, innovation that academic team competition provides. Few people have realized that the solution is already in front of us. There are students who have been benefiting from this for years.
Changes are occurring because of new technology which has enabled the ability to rapidly acquire massive amounts of information on any topic. These changes have affected not only how organizations train their employees and how the role of teachers will change, but have also created differences in thinking in the individual. There has been a lot of debate and speculation about how everyone constantly being “plugged in” to so much information and communication all the time is affecting our lives. Continue reading
“Three pounds of nerve tissue underneath the skull are capable of perceiving, thinking, and acting with a finesse that cannot be matched by any computer.”
It isn’t like we haven’t tried to match it. Computer “intelligence” is modeled after the brain, or at least the workings of the brain as we know it. Without a doubt, development in the field of computer technology and artificial intelligence has been impressive. The thing is, there is a lot we don’t know. And it is what we don’t know that keeps us searching to learn more. Continue reading
‘Aoccdrnig to a rsearch sduty at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcauseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.’ (from PositScience website.)
The brain is an interesting body part–the extent of its capabilities still mysterious and largely unexplored. Thinking about this mastermind reminds me of a speed reading course I took a very long time ago. My intent in taking the course was to lessen the time for reading requirements in college, allowing more time for other studies–or at least that’s what I maintained. While I did not learn to devour War and Peace in 5 minutes, I did manage to come away with a much greater respect for brain function.