One of the discussions I often have with other parents who send their children for right brain education is whether it is necessary to have “formal” right brain classes if you already know what needs to be done to develop the right brain. If you attend enough right brain classes, you eventually learn all the activities that are done in class. With the right resources, you can replicate most of these activities at home. So what are the advantages of continuing formal right brain education classes?
1. The Range of Resources
Although you can create your own resources at home, to keep ahead of your child’s learning progress and to continually produce new materials requires a lot of time and resources – something a lot of us don’t have. It takes an extremely dedicated parent to do all of these and still have the time to interact and play with your child amidst all the other chores and daily activities that need to be done.
Formal classes introduce new subjects and ideas that you can choose to expand upon at home. Even if you don’t, your child has already had some exposure to the material which will be captured in his subconscious right brain.
I found this particularly relevant to Gavin and it may or may not be relevant with your own child. When we’re at home, there are far too many other distractions around that keep Gavin from concentrating on the materials I’m trying to show him. Sometimes he simply doesn’t want to do the activities. Attending a formal class creates a special event and takes the child out of his familiar home environment which may be more conducive for learning. Then again, it may be less conducive for some children. I guess it depends on your child… This touches on another similar topic of homeschooling versus formal schooling – but that’s a subject for another day.
3. The Radar Effect
Shichida believed that in order to tap into a child’s right brain potential, you must provide the child “opportunities for talent formation”.
“A whole group can enter metamorphic consciousness when each individual of the group releases his own consciousness, which effectively unifies the consciousness of all group members into a core consciousness.”
In other words, if there is a child who is able to perform computer-like calculations, or has demonstrated telepathic abilities, etc., it has been found that the children around him are also able to do similar things. If you bring a child who has not been able to demonstrate any of these abilities into the group, that child will soon be able to do the same things as the rest of the group. This effect is called “The Radar Effect”.
I have often wondered if the converse might also be true. Can a child who is not in the “right mental state” negatively affect the other children? Unfortunately, Shichida never discussed this in his book, so I can only assume that this relationship is only a positive one.