Have you ever wondered what the real difference is -at a brain level- between a genius kid and others? It has probably occurred to you that with all the modern advances in brain research we keep hearing about in the news, by now we should know the exact difference that gives way to the amplified abilities parents dream of bragging about right? That parents should know from a genetic test whether to spend their savings on a family vacation or on young Freddy's college education.
The truth is, the more we look into the brain, the less we find things that make us specifically the way we are. What we find is that the strength of the connections between neurons is malleable and responds greatly to stimulation i.e. repetition and practice. That talent is but an ability to execute an order without anxiety so that it fulfills its purpose more often than not.
So if it isn't that rare, why are parents & teachers still missing out on helping their kids reach max potential? What research shows is that the development of cognitive abilities requires much more nurture than we've been willing to accept in the past. In the same way, the negative effect of trauma is also now understood to have life long effects. The importance of a stimulating environment -or the lack thereof- has become clarified through the study of memory formation.
For the lucky parents, this justifies the effort put into travelling great distances or paying seemingly irrational sums of money for better school environments; but for most it means having to settle for whatever's available. The promise of government provided 21st century public education; of ability expanding free technology is yet to be fulfilled while a generation of young kids learns that truth is the most popular posture, for which facts are secondary.
With , Moi Social Learning, we have created a platform that trumps the need for building a brick & mortar environment, disruptively reducing the cost of improving the learning environment of a young child. While aware of the limitations of a tech platform, we also know how engaging game experiences can be and how flow states can be activated with well designed interfaces and content. As we continue to improve the impact of our solution in key KPI's of children's early learning experience, it remains to be seen if parents will be willing to wait for the school system to wake up or if they will take it onto themselves to foster the adoption of the student-centered approach children need to reach their potential.