In this latest installment of the Science Of Learning series, mother of three Maryanne Roller explains why an online text could teach a lot of how to learn for the people who need it most: Your kids.
Online Text For The New Science Of Learning How To Learn In Harmony
Can you imagine how many junk science-fueled mistakes there were in Harry Potter? Finding out what led to their incarnation, sadly, is a discovery that many of us tend to keep to ourselves. Unfortunately, it’s often because the messages from the literati we trust have morphed into trouble. They’ve not only made us question, but doubted and actually stopped us taking what the experts actually say at face value. Which sometimes makes me wonder how many of us have any trust in science at all.
Luckily, there’s a new way to access science and math knowledge. Scientists are teaching the quality of science in a very different way.
They teach you how to use it to make yourself happy.
The first thing to notice about this new approach is the instruction is fun. It’s done with language—language that’s well-known to scientists and the way scientists speak. For example, in these NLP tutorials from James Howe, a colleague and cousin to physicist and creator of the Gravitational Waves Theory, the lessons encourage you to practice using self-practice to fix yourself problems. In one of the videos, we learn how to take “holiday” photos for holiday parties, using a best-practice photo-taking technique called “Expressing Feelings in the Digital Age.”
At the same time, “in the garden” and “on your cat” videos show how you can practice the subject areas of time, numbers, and numbers and to work on understanding the relationship between the two.
In “Happiness,” Howe teaches how to manage your mind like a conductor. The apps encourage you to increase your serotonin, make memories in a positive way, improve your emotional balance, balance your energy, and activate your thinking and reasoning centers. This is done with tools like “express in digital life and the natural comfort of numbers” to address a very specific need: establishing harmony with your thoughts, your feelings, and your environment.
I’ve actually learned a great deal from Howe’s books, presentations, and videos, some of which I’ve used in the classroom. I wrote a lecture on the importance of NLP, which appeared in the Science Podcast edition of Making Science. Perhaps they’ll make it more accessible to students I hope to serve in the future. At the same time, with these new tools for learning science, I believe more and more of us will realize how much we’ve been wrong in dismissing the science of other. For example, the advice you’re given to monitor how much sugar you eat every day, one of the things I usually hear at the front desk, may be bogus: After all, as Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games has observed, “‘Coding’ the problems of science requires math, and science also requires reading.”
Indeed, NLP is teaching us how to monitor our math and chemistry, but how do you know if your math skills are at least as good as an eighth grader? A little NLP is required, but not quite enough to reach levels where you don’t need to read materials to help you with your math. Additionally, although the software includes many acronyms (LEPI, PPP, NGPS), a little mental math is needed to understand and apply what it’s teaching to your life. If you’re a creative person or a mental athlete, being able to multiply by 1.5 does not mean that you can hold a meeting to strategize a marketing campaign for a new product.
These tools are taking the guesswork out of learning how to use science and math. Scientists are now teaching people how to use science to make themselves happy. I recommend you give them a try. It could change your life.