There is an excellent article I came across on the NY Times Blog that I wanted to share with everyone. It describes studies that show the world’s IQ scores have been improving and attempts to answer why with an analysis of working memory.
We have been working on memory skills with children for years in our belief that improving those skills will gain significantly higher standardized test scores as well as IQ scores for those in our Play Prep program for 3 to 6 year old children. Link below…
Working memory is “defined as the ability to hold information in mind while manipulating it to achieve a cognitive goal. Examples include remembering a clause while figuring out how it relates the rest of a sentence, or keeping track of the solutions you’ve already tried while solving a puzzle.”
The key contributor in these studies is James Flynn. ” Flynn has pointed out that modern times have increasingly rewarded complex and abstract reasoning. Differences in working memory capacity account for 50 to 70 percent of individual differences in fluid intelligence (abstract reasoning ability) in various meta-analyses, suggesting that it is one of the major building blocks of I.Q. (Ackerman et al; Kane et al; Süss et al.) This idea is intriguing because working memory can be improved by training.”
Did you get that? …. “working memory can be improved by training.”
Many of the games we play through our Play Prep program focus on improving working memory in our children. We know that this work helps on the various tests … ERB, Stanford-Binet and OLSAT – that is why we do it.
What is Success?
To laugh often and much;to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have a great weekend!