Originally posted by Erik
In Canada where I used to live, the so-called "liberal-left" paper was at a grade 6 level and the "conservative-right" paper was at a grade 3 to 4 level. Remember that I am talking about a North American grade level, which tends to be lower than other countries such as the UK and Cuba, so we're talking LOW levels here
Gabriel, keep posting please
education in north america is something im not fond of(not just because of the going to school part) people here are to worried about all the politics
the ones that make the curriculum, those that make the decisions seem to forget that kids (like me :wave ) are subject to everything they do, every decision they make effects how we learn, yet they toss ideas at us like they toss out trash (ok, bad analogy)
very interesting observations! Yes, it appears that the media (in this case TV and Newspapers) want to shorten our attention span and therefore contract our mind.
i wouldnt just limit this attention span shortening to the TV and newspapers, i would say that even schools, offices, and even society in general is WANTING to shorten its attention span
it seems to me that all of this "modern" technology, all the new things we have these days are based on technology that was invented atleast some 30 to 40 years ago and it seems that these "new" concepts are merely advances made on old concepts
Any kind of vigorous aerobic exercise, such as jogging or stair-stepping, will increase your CO2 level and improve circulation to your brain. Underwater swimming, however, is far more effective, in my opinion, than any other type of exercise.
i would have to agree with this statement (and what it implies, that sports would make someone think clearer) every time i go to school people try to get me to be "smarter" teachers want me to learn another theory, they want me to be able to regurgitate what they teach me in an instant, but here is where the fundamental flaw (in my opinion) lays, people are no longer interested in understanding, they simply want to know something, they want to be able to apply it in situations as presented when they learned the concept, they dont really care WHY it works, as long as it does work,
here is also where i see the major difference between "athletes" (as refered to in the above quote) and those that dont participate in any sport/dont do anything that requires then to exert themselves physically
the athletes(as i will refer to people who regularly participate in sports) seem to be able to think clearly, they want to be(and are capable of) interpreting why something works, they want to know that it works, and also WHY it works,
the second group, those that participate in very little to no physical activity, seem to be the type of people who are comptent with merely knowing that something works, they dont want to find out why, they arent curious
blocking any other, more overbearing, factors, the first group(athletes) usually doesnt get as high of marks, on paper they dont seem as smart, they usually arent on the honor roll, they are blown off as "normal" kids, it seems that the concentration they learn in sports is carried over to school
the second group seems to be all over the map (mark-wise), you get all types of kids, the smarter (mark-wise) kids (not me) seem to simply memorize all of the concepts that they are taught, yet when they need help, they fall back to kids with lower marks, who are capable of understanding what is going on
this would therefore support what was said in the quote, sports and the extra blood flow to the brain it produces would help everyone with the ability to think and act clearer
from what i have heard the european systems of education seem to be better, because they teach children to think and not simply do
and what is this "thinkfast" game that gabriel and eric are talking about>?
ps. all of this is from a kid educated in canada, so it all needs to be taken with a certain a certain phrase in mind (that phrase being "hes probably wrong") :rcard
pps. gabriel, thanks for bringing all these interesting topics to our attention