Your Brain on Childhood
The Unexpected Side Effects of Classrooms, Ballparks, Family Rooms, and the Minivan
By Gabrielle F. Principe
(Prometheus Books, Paperback, 9781616144258, 325pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
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The startling implication is that today's structured, controlled, and fabricated surroundings are exactly wrong for developing brains. Instead of emphasizing technology and organized activities, parents and teachers could better help children learn by encouraging exploration, experimentation, and exposure to the real world. Recess, now often dismissed as a waste of time, should be considered an essential part of children's cognitive and social development; lessons should be individualized as much as possible; and the current focus on homework and letter grades should be de-emphasized and eventually eliminated altogether.
Fascinating and controversial, this well-researched discussion by an expert on child development will make parents and school systems rethink how we are raising our children.