The brain and learning

Sometimes it is difficult to convince teachers (and parents) that beating and humiliating children in the name of education just will not work. What is helpful is the scientific argument that toxic stress on children produces cortisol which is likely to inhibit synaptic connections in the brain and thus affect learning.Now is the time to have a fundamental transformation in the conditions in which children learn and really give up past behaviour which, understandably, is just not working.

Let’s start here:

3 insights from neuroscience to improve learning
Ryan Burgess, Education Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)How can we achieve a high quality education? One of the answers may come from the field of neuroscience. The following are 3 insights on brain development that canĀ improve our understanding of how students learn and develop throughout their lives.

  1. Brain development in early childhood and adolescence is key
  2. Chronic stress affects learning
  3. Relevant classroom activities can lead to visible improvements in brain development within a short period of time

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