Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Teaching Young Minds

The New York Times (December 20, 2009) reports:

For much of the last century, educators and many scientists believed that
children could not learn math at all before the age of five, that their brains
simply were not ready.

But recent research has turned that assumption on its head — that, and a
host of other conventional wisdom about geometry, reading, language and
self-control in class. The findings, mostly from a branch of research called
cognitive neuroscience, are helping to clarify when young brains are best able
to grasp fundamental concepts.
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