“The current educational system completely ignores everything we know about child development and brain development. Completely ignores it.
We know that the most distinguishing thing about humans compared to other mammals is the function of our frontal brain, our frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex, which allow us to think and reason, analyze, understand, focus, pay attention, be aware, have consciousness.
When babies are born, that part of the brain is not developed. It’s dormant. The question then becomes, how does that front of the brain develop? If you look at true child development, you see that development of the forebrain develops from the back of the brain forward.
So, you initiate a voluntary movement, you have an experience, you do it over and over and over again. Through those experiences you come to an understanding. You come to reason, you come to think, and then you have ownership of your knowledge.
So, the hindbrain does an action. The midbrain has an experience, over and over and over again. And the forebrain comes to what I call a forebrain conclusion, and then you have knowledge.
The entire educational system, the media, medical school, residency, everything that we see in today’s world that delivers information says, no, the brain develops from the outside in. We’re going to teach you, we’re going to tell you, we’re going to give to you, and you’re going to now know. And unfortunately, that has become the norm.
So, what you see is all these self-appointed experts who have all of this great knowledge but have no ownership of it because it’s not theirs. They never researched it. They never studied it. They never experienced it. They never thought it through. They never critically evaluated it. They never did trial and error. They just said, ‘If you said it … it’s true.’
And so, in our schools — and that includes law schools and medical schools and graduate schools, social work school, psychology school — you don’t have to think. They just download it into your forebrain and cut off the rest of your brain’s function.”