It is well recognized that Indian school education system requires all round improvement in infrastructure, quality of teachers and indeed the very tools children use for learning. In the 2009, global test ‘Program for International Schools Assessment’ (PISA) conducted by OECD, Indian children ranked 72 of 73 countries. On top were children from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Korea and Japan.
Indian children are by no means intellectually inferior to those from top ranking countries. Only their learning methods and strategies are obsolete. Nature has provided every child with unlimited learning capacity. It is a fallacy to think that some children are born ‘intelligent’ and others are not. To be ‘intelligent’ you must use your ‘whole brain’. That is, use both, left and right brain to learn.
The important thing to remember is that human brain and therefore our intelligence can be developed with proper mental exercises just like body muscles can be developed with physical exercises. Age is no bar.
In the last twenty years an awesome amount of research has gone into discovering the secrets of the brain. New understanding of the brain has enabled development of new tools to remember, retain and recall information better than ever before. Mind Mapping developed by Tony Buzan is one such tool which can boost memory and understanding several time. APSARA FOUNDATION is successfully teaching New Age learning and Reading Skills since 2012 and the improvement in academic performance ( Vidya School) seen by many schools is satisfying. Another recent example is from ANANADA Academy, Haldwani – UP.
I urge parents to take serious note of these tools and ensure your children learn these skills as early as 9 -10 years.