The Problem With “Brain-Based” Pseudoscience
There’s a problem with the “brain based” pseudoscience embraced by some teachers. As explained by David Daniel, managing editor of the peer-reviewed science journal Mind, Brain and Education and psychology professor at James Madison University:
“When educators misrepresent the science, they make it harder for researchers who are struggling to translate neuroscience into something teachers can reliably use in the classroom,” says Daniel. “It drowns out the softer voice of what’s credible. That’s what’s harmful. There are people doing really good work who, if they had a chance, would love to be helping teachers. But they’re getting drowned out by people who are better at marketing, better at speaking and better at selling.” Read more here.
Daniel’s point is well taken. But maybe those “people doing really good work” need to speak up a little louder to make their findings known.