A Lost Revolution

Sputnik moments cast long shadows.


Neuroscience came late to the schoolhouse. The fact that the brain—the one organ that is essential for learning—is not a prerequisite in teacher education programs makes very little sense. This omission speaks volumes. Teachers, in professional development courses, are quick to point out this gap in their preparation: “How come we don’t know about Reticular Activating System?” “It’s hard to believe I have never heard of amygdala hijack.” “I wish I had known 20 years ago about the cognitive revolution with alternatives for rewards and punishments.”

Indeed, many educators are surprised to learn about a cognitive revolution that, supposedly, occurred in 1956. Surprise turns to ...

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