It’s exciting that we have much to look forward to with President Obama’s Brain Activity Map Project that will discover more about the circuitry of the human brain. It’s difficult and even impossible to fathom the new direction that education, medical science and technology will take after all the data comes in from this project.
But the bottom line is that we already know an awful lot about the human brain that simply is not being utilized to its fullest. For example, there’s the concept of brain plasticity. Plasticity is the concept that the brain has the ability to grow rapidly after intellectual stimulation.
We’ve already discovered that stimulating the brain with fun little games such as in Gemm Learning’s online reading programs is enough to cause global cognitive changes in the brain in a very positive way. And children are proving the results, not just one by one, but by the thousands who have been researched by dozens of universities and colleges worldwide.
If you give a child the intellectual stimulation he or she needs, then you get a better functioning brain. Why couldn’t money have been allocated to the use of the current technologies that work, such as Fast ForWord™? There are children’s futures at stake right now, ones that can’t wait until 10 years of data from the Brain Activity Map Project comes in. And who will sift through all that data?
The Map Project is destined to bring in new and fascinating technology; there’s no doubt about that. But why not take that first year’s allocated money – $300 million to give to schools to initiate what already works?
Why not go after the students now who need the help, who are waiting for a solution, and who are depending on us for their future? Every child needs to learn to read, and if he or she can’t, the negative reinforcement from school and from society as well as peers only dooms the child to a difficult life. Learn how an online reading program can help your child today.