Monday, September 28, 2009

Play by the Rules

Did you know that more than 5,000 children are expelled from pre-K programs each year because classroom teachers can't control them? I had no idea.

In a lengthy Sunday Magazine Article, the New York Times reports on that, and on researchers who are trying to prove that "imaginary play" can help young children learn how to exercise self control. More precisely, researchers are looking at something called "executive function."

From the article:
Originally a neuroscience term, it (executive function) refers to the ability to think straight: to order your thoughts, to process information in a coherent way, to hold relevant details in your short-term memory, to avoid distractions and mental traps and focus on the task in front of you. And recently, cognitive psychologists have come to believe that executive function, and specifically the skill of self-regulation, might hold the answers to some of the most vexing questions in education today.
If this research turns out to be significant, maybe adults could be offered remedial work on the college level.

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