Educational Kinesiology Should Be Used For Students With Special Needs

1078 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
In 1929, English mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, said: “I lay it down as an educational axiom that in teaching you will come to grief as soon as you forget that your pupils have bodies.” Pressured by the implementation of Common Core and No Child Left Behind, many schools are increasing the amount of in-seat test preparation time. There are just not enough hours in the day to get all of the information presented and absorbed into their students’ precious little minds. This, as well as the ever-present budget cut, is causing school districts to cut down on music, art, physical education as well as sports programs. This trend is only lowering the outcome and productivity of these students. Despite years of research proving the lasting academic and social benefits of serious play, many of our modern classrooms remain silent, still places, lacking any sort of physical movement for long periods of time. Research suggests that educational kinesiology should be used in every school, and particularly for students with special needs, because bodily-kinesthetic learning activates the wiring in the brain, makes the whole body an instrument of optimal learning, and facilitates production of nerve cells and the ability to listen and act upon auditory input in an efficient and integrated manner.
Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of the body. Educational kinesiology deals with how the brain processes and stores information as movement while learning is…

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