I can’t claim any credit for this – the original article is by the excellent debunker and Guardian journalist Ben Goldacre:
Banging your head repeatedly against the brick wall of teachers’ stupidity helps increase blood flow to your frontal lobes
February 16th, 2008 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, brain gym | 105 Comments »
Saturday February 16 2008
As time passes, largely against my will, I have become a student of nonsense. More importantly, I’ve become interested in why some forms of nonsense can lucratively persist, where others quietly fail. Brain Gym continues to produce more email than almost any other subject: usually it is from teachers, eager to defend the practice, but also from children, astonished at the sheer stupidity of what they are being taught.
To read more, either click the title above or follow the link here:
It’s well worth reading. Thanks to Paul Read for the spot!
Friday 14 March 2014 at 13:32
A salutary reminder. I blogged about this back in 2009
But still they keep coming. See for example
And Pearson (always earning) have recently published ‘Penguin Kids 4 Brain Gym Reader CLIL’ http://www.pearsonelt.ch/LanguageTeaching/PenguinKidsCLIL/Level4/1471/9781408288153/Brain-Gym.aspx
Friday 14 March 2014 at 13:55
Cheers for the links. It’s something I’ve heard a lot about, been exhorted to use in classes but it’s never been something entirely within my comfort zones….
Russ Mayne (@ebefl), also in the debunkers corner, tweeted this link: http://malingual.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/brain-button.html?m=1
Saturday 15 March 2014 at 20:28
It’s not the only sacred cow of educators… are we allowed to say sometimes the kids are just a bit thick again yet?
Tuesday 18 March 2014 at 14:24
In all honesty, I’ve never found Rod Liddle the most convincing of commentators and his piece appears to gloss over the substance of the two reports in favour of a glib interpretation that supports his opinion.
What Dr Richard Saul says (in the book that he’s promoting) is that ADHD is in fact a composite of about 20 different conditions (both physical and mental) and that treating it as a single entity is misleading and unhelpful.
Equally, the Durham team (in the book they’re promoting) don’t deny the existence of dyslexia, they say that the term dyslexia is too broadly applied and that common tests for dyslexia lack rigour and are ineffectively applied.