By Trace Embry
Science says the frontal lobe in the brain isn’t fully developed until a person is 25 years old.
I wonder if some brains aren’t developed much earlier. And, if they are, why are they? I have often said, and observed, that a teenager will do what’s required of him. Could it be that today’s kids haven’t exercised the problem-solving skills that kids in previous generations have—causing their frontal lobes not to develop sooner?
Science confirms that a kid who learns to read and play music develops a bigger and better brain. At least music requires a little something from a kid. What is required of our kids today? Kids who learn music do better in school, math in particular; and, they score much better on the SAT—among other interesting brain data. Isn’t the brain like any other muscle? Use it or lose it.
If science could go back just 50 years, I wonder if the average age for frontal lobe development would still be 25. Could today’s mind-numbing technology and dummying down of our educational system have anything to do with why American kids now score so poorly in school compared to the rest of the world? Understanding the frontal lobe and how its development impacts constructive and critical thinking is vitally important for parents of todays culture.
When I was a kid, America was number one in everything! I knew 12 year old kids who where, not only driving tractors, they were repairing them—rebuilding engines! I built a racecar from the ground up when I was in high school! I wonder what today’s kids’ frontal lobes look like compared to the average kid 50 years ago? Have you ever read a diary from a Civil War veteran still in their teens? It’s like reading Shakespeare!
Could it be that if we required our kids to solve problems and do more things around the house and at school, other than beating the next level on their video game, that perhaps they might be more apt to think constructively, critically, and with an understanding that perhaps they really aren’t the center of the universe? I’ve heard it said that today’s kids have accidently stumbled onto third base living under the delusion they had just hit a triple! I think we should require much more of our kids.
What are some suggestions on how parents can require more out of their kids?