A few weeks ago as I was researching education curriculum I began to learn about “right-brained children”. Different means of learning are not new to me as I had learned in college that there are different kinds of learning styles. What is new for me is learning that public school is set up entirely for left brained learners.
This peaked my interest as to how this affected children wholearned in a more creative way. And what I learned I found disturbing. These children are almost always labelled as learning disabled or ADD, dyslexic or dysgraphic. Simply because they do not have the same time line of developing certain academic skills schools believe all children should learn at the same time.
Yes that’s right! You’re child may be singled out and labelled simply because he’s not ready to learn to print yet because he learns on a different developmental schedule than other kids. Learning styles or difference is not new but what is new is having 4 year old children learn to write. For most of history learning for children came by playing and doing and not in a classroom. They helped around the home and farm, they played, they explored their environment. It is only recently that we have thought that somehow learning had to be done in a desk in a room of 25 children as young as possible. We are now sending 2 and 3-year-old babies to school all day.
But it’s not true. I began to do some research on “right-brained learners” and realize that my son is one of these children. They are very bright and often gifted but they do not thrive in a “one size fits all” education model. They get labelled. They are broken down by the labeling and this focus that they “can’t do what the others are doing”. When the truth is, they can but when they are actually ready to do it.
I’ve never liked putting people into boxes or limiting them by labels even though I realize we needs to label. It’s our nature to put names to things so we can explain them. The problem is we do this with people too. And maybe that’s not such a great idea.
Our medical and educational system has created a large profitable market from giving labels to children. Where as 30 years we didn’t do this that much. We had explanations for why some children were just late bloomers but they came out all right in the end. We gave children time to develop on their own time line and childhood provided unstructured play to develop these talents. This is gone for most children today.
I have learned that I have a right-brained learner and that what is best for him is to value his difference and allow him the opportunity to develop into the person he should be. It is alright that he thinks differently than I do, and that he learns academic skills on a different time line. Accepting this has allowed us to embrace him and see the person he really is, not the person school or “experts” say he should be. This will open the doors for him to develop his talents and use his unique mind.
Is your child a “right-brained learner”?
- A Nation of children on drugs….. (theedgeofautism.wordpress.com)
- What’s Your Child’s Learning Style? (babyzone.com)