Although I started off pursuing right brain education for my children with the aim to help them learn to speed read and develop their photographic memories, I now believe that right brain education also helps develop creativity – something I feel is severely lacking in our left-brain centric schools. I like the philosophy of right brain education that learning is fun because that’s what it should be. I also believe we should be learning for the love of learning, not so we can pass a test.
Right brain education cultures a child’s natural curiousity for learning which is in keeping with my own fundamentals. I like that right brain education is about love and relationships first – Tweedlewink: Hug, Play, Learn. If your child does not feel loved, his right brain cannot learn. Right Brain Education also fits into my parenting philosophies of attachment parenting and positive discipline. In fact, in the first chapter of Makoto Shichida’s book “Children can Change the World with Right Brain Education”, he also talks about gentle discipline that would have been right at home in a book about positive discipline.
Some time back I wrote about the misconception that Right Brain Education is about memorising information that the children don’t understand. It isn’t about rote learning and it isn’t about memorising information. Right Brain Education is about the ability to absorb information rapidly and creatively using it. There is an excellent insight into what the right brain does on Right Brain Therapy. They have an article talking about the inner workings of a genius mind.
To understand the way the brain functions, a group of specialists monitored the brain wave pattern of Shogi master and genius, Mr Yoshiharu Habu while he played the game (Shogi is a complicated Japanese version of Chess). Most individuals use their left brains to logically determine their next moves. Mr Habu, on the other hand, demonstrated significant right brain activity through the game. He would only shift to the left brain briefly just prior to making his move.
Mr Habu had first used the right brain’s cognitive images and spatial orientation to think and plan, and subsequently switched to the left brain for logical linguistic confirmation before making his move on the chess board.
Upon studying other gifted individuals, the group of specialists found that:
The cognitive process for most gifted persons is in fact right brain oriented. They tend to utilize the right brain’s unique spatial awareness and mental images to think and create, while the normal person uses the left brain to process information in a logical and sequential manner.
Mr Habu concurred when he said:
“Most chess players’ vision seems to be darting around the chess board while studying the various moves… but for me, I would just take a glance focusing on the centre of the board, and all the possible moves would just materialize in my head where I plan my advances… the accuracy is almost 100%.”
The best part is that we all have this ability. Unfortunately for most of us, we simply do not know how to use it because we have lost the ability to tap into our right brain potential. Since children are born right brain dominant, the purpose of Right Brain Education in early childhood is to help them maintain the right brain function so that they can continue to tap into this wonderful resource in later life.