One of my BAISLD (Bay Area Independent Schools Learning Differences interest group) colleagues forwarded the following link to our listserve last week: it’s a review of many educational interventions that purport to offer “brain training” to improve students’ cognitive skills like working memory. The article has some great nuances, but its big take-home is that many of these programs–if not all of them–may not do at all what their proponents claim that they do. It’s an interesting read that’s right up my alley: I try to be as skeptical as I can about things that claim to be a “magic bullet” for education. I’m afraid that some of these products don’t do nearly as much as they claim to.
Read the article on Education Week here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/06/13/35memory_ep.h31.html