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July 04, 2004
More about Tony Buzan

Liz Lightfoot reports on Tony Buzan, for the Telegraph:

Mr Buzan, who built his reputation on helping adults to improve their memory and thought processes, has recently turned his attention to the failings in our schools. I joined him on one of his regular visits to a struggling secondary modern.

He believes many teachers and parents make children feel dull and stupid by concentrating on what they do or don't know, instead of on their enormous capacity for self-improvement.

He criticises rote learning for treating memory as if it were a "grey, linear skill" when in fact it is "multi-dimensional and colourful" and works best when people use the creative side of their brain as well as the rational.

The previous posting right here makes, if you think about it, a similar point. There, the phrase "four by four" is connected in the mind of the child receiving the notion, with "four times four". And the absorbed bit of knowledge has, as it were, somewhere to attach itself to the existing stock, instead of just floating in, and then floating out again.

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That's a not so gratuitous (given how Buzan feels about pictures) picture of Buzan, at the Mind Olympics.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 03:34 PM
Category: How the human mind works
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