Science has discovered that we are educating our young counter to how the brain learns best.
Biologist, professor and best-selling author, John Medina states in Brain Rules: “If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably design something like a classroom.”
No wonder we are losing enormous talent from our schools.
Teens are dropping out at a 30% rate annually (according to Jay Greene, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute), and in 2010, the U.S. ranks 31st in math, 15th
in reading, and 23rd in science among the industrialized nations.
Many of these learners are unable to succeed in the way schools are currently structured, or find the presentations so painfully boring, they lose attention. Respect for the learning process and for each other (student and teacher) are lost, and a vicious cycle of failure follows.
OUR INPUT AND OUR ACTIVITIES
The Kuriosity Lab develops fully-engaging curriculum based on the science of learning. Once a student learns a skill/concepts, it is permanently placed into long-term memory. The five-paragraph essay doesn’t have to be retaught every year. The neuroscience “sauce” mixes full attention and emotional investment (curiosity for example) with movement. The Kuriosity Lab has skillfully designed activities to accomplish this.
The goal of The Four Steps is to discover and develop each child’s authentic talent while offering practical tools to successfully navigate through the senseless sufferings of growing up. Students learn where their interests intersect with their abilities, skills, values and how they process. They learn about themselves, others, as well as academics.
Step 1: Full Engagement or How Curiosity Drives the Desire to Learn.
Step 2: Learn How You Learn or How Do You Learn Best.
Step 3: Master Traditional Academic Skills (using alternative methods like Kinesthetic Academics).
Step 4: Develop Talent (including the discipline of practicing what you love).