Turning Education on its Head: What Modern Brain Research says About How Children and Young Adults Learn

When: Tuesday, March 29, 7-9pm
Where: The Great Room, Hartsbrook Hall

Parent CouncilRecent discoveries in neuroscience have completely changed our picture of how human beings learn. In this ground-breaking talk Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., will review contemporary research that sheds new light on how – and for how long – our brains develop. New neurological research shows that the brain behaves less like a “hard-wired” computer and more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The implications of this research for the future of education are powerful, especially since the neurological functions of children and young adults do not fully develop until they reach their early twenties. Dr. Gerwin will explore how education can spur children to develop their powers of multiple intelligence.

This not-to-be-missed lecture will show parents, educators, and doctors the newest research about how our brains work, with special emphasis on our children’s brains. We all know our kids are intelligent, but their special skills and intelligence may not always be able to be measured by schools and tests. How can we foster our children’s own special brand of intelligence? How can we help them become creative problem solvers who can face the world’s challenges?

This lecture by Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., should be “required” attendance for all educators and parents. Dr. Gerwin has been an educator for more than 30 years; he is currently Director of the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH, and co-Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.

This event is sponsored by The Parent Council.