Last night, the BBC flagship news programme Newsnight featured a report on the use of Brain Gym, a technique “about using movement to help the brain to learn more easily” which is apparently being used in a small number of UK schools.
The campaign group Sense About Science is concerned that it is being used in UK schools without a sound scientific basis and that it “encourages pseudoscientific explanations that undermine science teaching and mislead children about how their bodies work”.
It has issued a briefing paper on some of the claims made by Brain Gym, which references a recent commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme on Neuroscience and Education: Issues and Opportunities.
I am intrigued that in recent months I have received some submissions from a number of education academics in UK universities to increase our coverage of alternative educational approaches – such as the Waldorf/Steiner approach.
However, I have not received similar suggestions on behalf of the Brain Gym approach and having viewed the report and read the briefing paper from Sense About Science, I can’t see a case for featuring their work in the Intute: Education section, but others may disagree.