Brain Gym: worthwhile or wasteful?
I find the claim that Brain Gym’s 26 trademarked activities are
specially suited to improve academic attainment dubious at best, and as
the ones making the claim, it falls upon them to argue the point.
Unfortunately, Brain Gym International has backed away from this. Why?
According to our Brain Gym instructor “it is difficult to justify in
their terms,” where their terms are those set by the scientific community. [Link]
They are now sending requests for information on what Local Authorities are paying for the training, to cover teachers absent for that training and other costs, using the Freedom of Information Act to attempt to retrieve that information.
I have to say that I've never been on a course and have only dipped into the accompanying book. I am taken aback, however, at the allegiance shown by some of my teacher friends to this programme, which, as David suggests, is more pseudoscience than robustly researched routines to boost brain power.
Yup, the exercises of Brain Gym do sometimes get your class more concentrated on the task in hand for a short period of time. Does it matter if the company make claims that it boosts attainment without any scientigic terms to justify themselves? Or is this, as Katie and David suggest, something a little uncanny which public money should not be sponsoring?