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Andre Carter

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Train the brain before filling the brain.

In school we often jump to getting information into a child's brain rather than preparing the brain for the information to come. We do not do this with computers or paper or even the sham wow! towels.

Computers require a base code and formatting to accept programs and make them easy for use every day users. Paper must be smooth and typically dry before use. And you may not know it but those super absorbent towels need to be damp before they are fully effective.

With children we would be better off teaching them memory skills and tools for organizing data in their brains before filling their brains with data. If you fill a computer with data without installing an operating system you have no way to easily retrieve and use the data. Oddly enough our brains the original computers work in a similar manner.

So, how do we address this problem? Simple modify those wonderful adult memory courses into a curriculum for kids K-2nd grade. This is part of my plan unless someone beats me to it. In addition there are methods that are teaching kids the mechanics of reading far faster and effectively than our current methods. These reading methods would be implemented as well. This would be the beginning of a new generation of people such as the world has never seen.

My belief is that if we train the brain to remember and to play then fill the brain with information we will only see great creations and inventions. Funny thing as an example of such a learning method is Nikola Tesla arguably one the greatest thinkers and creators in history.

What are your thoughts?

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    Oct 6 2012: Yes I told Pat that I do agree. It's the ability to retain that creates issue with teaching skills such as critical and conceptual thinking. You still need accessible data to use the skill upon. With our current system, teaching how to use the memory, not tricks, but real skills that become unconscious action such as reading will remove the obstacle of continuous testing and preparation for testing. Freeing up valuable time for our youth to learn to think critically and conceptually.

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