neocortex preference: not threatened

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While most children, writes Hart, can still manage the rote memorization that has become the mainstay of classrooms, the deeper levels of learning – pattern recognition, oral and written language development, and symbolic reasoning – depend on the full participation of the neocortex, which occurs only when a child feels secure.   p. 28

95% of all learning occurs spontaneously, through play, fantasy, and experimentation, what I (Chris) – call wild learning. Only 5% of our knowledge – in our lifetime – is acquired through formal instruction, and of that 5%, we remember only 3-5% for any significant length of time. There is a model imperative – wild learning needs to be modeled by others – but it can be anywhere, by anyone, at anytime.  p. 32

Chris Mercogliano, In Defense of Childhood


spaces that people don’t feel threatened?


play is the - einstein

spaces of permission – where people have nothing to prove.