Brain vascularization, the flow of blood to the brain, is not a term you hear very often from our Education system. We hear "we reduced recess" and "hail to the standardized test scores" and "drop-outs are increasing" and "we have no money". Same ole story. Let's talk about simple science. Let's talk about brain vascularization. When we are creating these curricula are we keeping into account the students' activity and movement levels throughout the day? No, we are not. Our sedentary education system has to change. It is not effective for 21st century learning. Reducing recess and jacking up the standardized tests is not way to improve a child's education experience. We have to start talking more about the brain vascularization. How much blood is actually being pumped to the student's brain each day? If the levels are low, it's likely they will not maximize their education experience. This is basic fundamental science.
What if classrooms had less traditional sitting desks and more tools to keep students on their feet, active, engaged. Why does sitting have to be the default? Sitting is not optimal for brain vascularization. Don't we want kids getting sufficient blood pumped to their brain while they're at school? How does this NOT make sense?
How do we establish a classroom ecosystem that aggressively promoted movement and learning, blended together? Wouldn't more movement induce higher odds of brain vascularization?
Would flexible seating help to promote brain vascularization in students? How would flexible learning spaces help promote improved brain vascularization in students? Well, if students reduced their sitting in school by 50% and stood more often, that would be a reasonable path to increasing brain vascularization in students.
What about increasing recess? Give every kid 25 more minutes of recess. Monitor and observe changes in 90-120 days. This is simple and easy, and so important for kids in their education experience.
Let's play devil's advocate... Comment on ways this would not make sense or work for students. If you have any good research about this topic drop a line with your email address.