Neuroscience in education
How much do we still have to learn about learning? The Royal Society report published this week suggests neuroscience should play a bigger role in education policy and teacher training.
Our Brainsmart site is a beginner's guide to the brain, and getting yours to work better. And if learning neuroscience helps to understand the mechanisms of learning and aids teachers in identifying how children learn best in order to maximise their capabilities, it sounds a good thing.
But if, as suggested by Professor Tim Bates of Edinburgh University on yesterday's Good Morning Scotland, learning is all about getting knowledge into your head - and locking it in by using the information, will we be back to drumming things in, learning by rote? Will teachers want that? And is that the best for the Google generation?