Thursday, 12 February 2015

Luo Tianhong (32)

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/parents-jump-brain-training-wagon-bid-boost-concentration-and-memory-

The title of this article is that parents jump brain training wagon in a bid to boost concentration and memory.
This article talks about how brain training centers are becoming more and more common, a growing trend among young children. Brain training centers develop exercises, such as puzzles, listening exercises, games requiring to sort objects and remember colors and shapes, while some centers desgined exercises to target childrens weak areas.  One parent sited her child, who after attending the exercise, didn't skip letters and words when reading. The passage also sited experts saying that brain training are not applicable in class or school, and should read to their children, bring the children out doors to help the child, instead of brain training.
I think that the writer gives a very good idea of both sides of the story, and tells us the views of parents on both sides. My view is that brain training is not effective. In my opinion, brain training is best developed through real life experiences. Rather than going to centers, parents can just expose them more to the society. Brain training is to help the child gain an advantage in school, and help them when they go into society. The improvements in cognitive skills, concentration, motor and processing skills are labeled as results of brain training, but I think a child would naturally learn them when they grow up. For example, when we learn to read, our processing and cognitive skills will improve. Indeed, language classes are including them in the curriculum through comprehension practice. Rather than trying out exercises, reading is the most direct way, since one would need to apply the skills learnt, instead of just trying them out in classroom conditions. Application in real life is the most important thing when learning a skill, and brain training are unable to help the children there. Furthermore, the example cited in the passage, when the parent said "she doesn't skip letters and words when she reads, with training to slow the eye down and see things in detail." This I think, can't be classified as brain training as she just payed more attention to what she is reading. Skipping letters and words are a sign that she is not paying enough attention, and slowing down her reading pace with a guiding adult with her to help her with understanding the text will help her to read them in detail. Skills learnt in school such as annotation also help students to see things in detail. This I think, shows that brain training can be replaced by practicing things in real life, and real life experiences are already able to train children in brain skills.
In conclusion, I think that real life experiences are the best way for children to train brain skills, and that brain training are not as effective as real life experiences, so brain training is not nessecary for children.

2 comments:

  1. Tian Hong, I think that you have related to the news article well and crafted out your response well enough to convince me that brain training is not as effective as real life experiences though i believe that they are necessary to a certain extent. But, I think that you have left out your own experience to further strengthen your response to convince more people. In general, good job done!

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  2. But in response to your paragraph, I think that brain training in centers are still counted as real-life experiences, just that they are introduced to it in a classroom manner. I also think that brain training are necessary to some extent. For example, I think that there should be brain training to infer messages from pictures or texts, this skill could not be learnt easily hence there should be someone there to guide the child through and not just leaving it up to luck to let the child be exposed to such situations. Hence, I think that brain training is necessary to some extent.

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