Neuroeducation to Empower Minds of the 21nd Century

 

It’s a fascinating time in the world: science and technology are bringing about huge changes and because of these developments – our children and students face an extraordinary future.

So what does this mean for education? Many leaders are discussing this, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who are urging educators to equip students with capacities to:

-think critically -combat misinformation -untangle complex and competing narratives -communicate effectively towards social inclusion

The question is, how can these capacities be met, particularly within the classroom?

The answer is, by strengthening the very core of these skills: the brain.

These complex intellectual processes occur when specific cognitive functions  are active. Each of us has the capacity to develop these functions, through neuroplasticity,  our brain’s ability to change.

In fact, several schools in the SEK community have already applied this approach. They are helping their students build 21st century brains.

Considered a leader in the educational space, Colegio Internacional SEK Santa Isabel is delivering Arrowsmith – a  cognitive program that builds  students’ capacity in critical intellectual processes.

Through Arrowsmith’s scientific principles of neuroplastic change, along with SEK educators trained in Arrowsmith’s tracking and support platforms, Santa Isabel is playing an essential role in raising students’ cognitive capacity to meet the demands of this incredibly complex world.

For 30 minutes a day, students are stimulating and strengthening cognitive functions related to:

  • judgement and decision making
  • processing speed and conceptual understanding
  • cognitive flexibility
  • working memory
  • motor planning essential in reading and writing
  • mental calculations critical for numeracy
  • visual memory for symbols

With stronger cognitive capacity, they are becoming agents of change in their own lives, and are happier and emotionally healthier for it. They are developing the cognitive power to be leaders and change-makers.

“The fact that Arrowsmith trains the brain processors that make possible reasoning and rationality, is arguably one of the most important positive developments one could imagine for our world, with its complex problems.”

~ Norman Doidge, Author of The Brain That Changes Itself

Building 21st century brains means preparing SEK students to be lifelong learners, to solve personal, local and global challenges. All members of the SEK community are welcomed to learn more about how their school and children can participate.

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