All posts tagged: neuroscience

One Good Question with Aylon Samouha: Is there a silver bullet for the future of “school”?

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Agency / Education Equity / One Good Question / School Design

This post is part of a series of interviews with international educators, policy makers, and leaders titled “One Good Question.”  These interviews provide answers to my One Good Question (outlined in About) and uncover new questions about education’s impact on the future. In what ways do our investments in education reveal our beliefs about the next generation’s role in the world? Thankfully, there is a lot of investment in education, both public and philanthropic dollars.  The […]

Do struggling learners belong in language immersion programs?

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Language education

Yes.  But what about the students who have weak L1 skills?  Them too.  Our students in poverty don’t have the home supports to be successful in language immersion.  Isn’t this a hardship for them? Nope.  These students need longer time to get academic concepts, won’t language immersion delay them in comparison to their peers?  Uh, still no. Academic conferences are typically places to validate our perspectives, and, when we least expect it, really challenge our […]

We must teach children to learn: language lessons from neuroscience

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Language education

Language educators and researchers are fascinated by neurological data.  We love to cite the latest research —Have you read Bialystok’s work on the bilingual brain? — and share documentaries like The Secret Life of the Brain.  Because we still subscribe to the notion that “hard science” is more respected than social science, we tout scientific research that validates our pedagogical framework. So when Dr. Elvira Souza Lima opened her keynote speech at this year’s Brazilian Immersion Conference, and […]