This was a draft post I was typing one night but got interrupted by one of the boys so I never got around to publishing it. It was actually written before “The Myths about Right Brain Education” and it might sound as if I am repeating a lot of what I said in “the myths about right brain education”. The reason why I’m posting it is because I feel I have articulated the matter a lot more clearly.
From the very beginning, I have always believed that education should be more than just academics. Rather than simply being good at school and doing well in exams, I think it is far more important to be street smart. In fact, I’ve harped on about this for so long that it probably seems at odds with my recent obsession with right brain education in young children. Well, here’s the thing – right brain education is more than academics. I’ve written about it before but I guess the fact that we’re talking about education in babies probably sounds about as competitive as any parent can get.
I’d like to correct that misconception. Although the main reason I started digging deeper into right brain education was because I thought it would be helpful to my children to be able to speed read, have a photographic memory, perform complex mathematical calculations in their heads, and achieve a host of other amazing abilities, I have come to realise that there is so much more to right brain education than that. Done correctly, right brain education can help children succeed not only in academics, but in sports, music, social development and life.
Helping a child develop his right brain potential is about raising a child to become the best that he can be. Shichida believed that there are no inferior brains, only brains that have not been developed properly so that they can achieve their full potential. Right brain education philosophy is that at the heart of every child is an Einstein, a Mozart, an Edison waiting to break free and create the next great invention. It is our responsibility as parents and educators to help them become that driving force that will change the world.
I have also said that education is more than simply rote learning. A good education is one that will teach my sons to think creatively – outside the box. Doesn’t that conflict with right brain education? Although some of the activities in right brain education appear to be some highspeed information gathering session, these activities are simply a means to an end. Just as pumping iron in the gym helps your body build muscle, right brain activities helps the right brain build creative power. The end in mind is not just to raise a child who can get good grades at school, but to nurture a child to become a person who will help make the world a better place. It is a lofty goal but I think a worthy one.