Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning for Kids? The Myth of the Brain & Body As Separate Entities by Rae Pica
We can understand how, before there was research on how children learn best, early educators decided to seat students in tidy rows. But today we do have research on how children learn best. We know that the more senses used in the learning process the higher the percentage of retention. Yet schools still pump data through the eyes, ears and bottom and expect students to retain it anyway.
We know that the brain is far more active during physical activity than while one is seated. Yet schools and policymakers cling to the belief that the body has nothing to do with how the brain functions.
And we know that sitting in a chair increases fatigue and reduces concentration! Yet schools and decision makers implement policies (more testing; no recess; even fewer bathroom breaks) that require students to do more sitting.
In light of the research, what sense can any of this make? Don't buy into the notion that the mind and body are separate – or assume that policymakers are up to date on educational research. Make sure that your child has recess daily and don't be afraid to ask your child's teacher if active learning and breaks are part of the curriculum!
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