I am about to start a new Master Class in Banski Bystrica, Slovakia tomorrow. I have been reading so much on the human brain recently and on the plane out here I read a new book on ‘Neurosicence for learning and development’, by Kogan Page publishers. I enjoyed it as it added a little bit more to my extensive reading and understanding of ‘brain books’. The cognitive era is making a comeback, in a slightly different guise thanks to new hi-tech tools of brain scanning etc. It is the age of neuroscience, and everyone is making connections with how our human brains work.
Tomorrow however I will be exploring how our brains are linked to our bodily understanding as well as our cognitive functioning….the brain needs the sensory data, and the emotional data, and the knowledge content for example to enrich learning. We need to know, to do, to get, to have, to want and to feel. In evolutionary terms the brain is designed now to work with very complex data.
We want our children to learn to do and act (agency), to learn to be emotionally intelligent, to learn to know and to learn to think, and to learn to sense and observe the world with great skill. These things are needed for the good of our global society. These are the basic essentials of education. The higher order things are however much more difficult for educators and trainers to work with, and so often ignored. For the politicians who persistently meddle with educational ideologies merged with polical ideologies, there is much more to do. Working with the 3 Bs, not just the 3Rs is where we ought to be exploring education for the future. The 3Bs are: belonging, becoming and being. The 3 Bs are complex. The human need to belong to other humans and to the community, and the more-than-human global world is essential to our health and well-being, as is our need to become someone, and to be someone.
I met Poorna Malaveth in India last December: a so called ‘lower caste’ girl, who summitted Everest last year, she said she in a speech that she is not inferior to anyone.
I absolutely I agree with her: so who is it and what old ways of thinking block the future for this talented girl?
I am hoping to run a Master Class in Mumbai, India at the Magic Bus Centre in early September, and in China once again (after a spell of not working therefora while) in 2017. Watch out for news.
The Magic Bus Centre is doing remarkable work with young children and kids to develop a brighter future for them, in partnership with their education and they have worked with nearly 300,000 kids last year.