From my observation, many of these students are visual-spatial learners. Some come top of the class: some come bottom.
The traditional classroom – especially in secondary education in New Zealand – rewards auditory-sequential learners. The left brainers. Step-by-step learners, who learn well from instructions, who progress sequentially from easy to difficult material, those who can show steps of work.
For the 25% of our population who mainly think in words – this works!
But for the 30% who are strongly using visual-spatial thinking – this system does not!
These students, the right brainers, are different. They can show amazing ability with difficult, complex tasks, somehow arriving at correct solutions without taking steps. Age is irrelevant – sometimes the five year olds outclass the rest!
Neither side of the brain is right or wrong, but only the left is currently being being rewarded in our secondary schools.
We’re playing out the spiritual dichotomy of the west on our children! Is the truth outside of us, or inside of us? If it is outside of us, then they need to do as they’re told (or else!)
If it is inside of us – if we are to become authentic individuals – then we can act. Act from our own place in the big picture.
Of course, all the great movements of the 20th century showed that the gods are both within and without. And earth our proving ground.
What then, is it to be human in the 21st century?
Tui carries messages from the grey, kaleidoscape lake of haloed sun.
We share a premonition
Of the future. All is possibility. . .
from Crowned: Roma Potiki, Oriori
stats etc from Child Development Theorist, Linda Kreger Silverman, Visual Spatial Resource Center