In the context of global education the biggest learning problem on Earth, by far, is the universal PFC deficit in teenage student brains.
The bad news is that the executive decision-making part of the human brain, the Pre-Frontal Cortex (PFC), does not finish developing until the mid-twenties. This evolutionary fact means that (compared to the mature adult brain) the adolescent human brain is exposed. To make matters worse, the neurotransmitter dopamine is particularly abundant during adolescence nudging the immature PFC to fast reward-driven behaviours.
Because of this combination of high reward sensitivity and low behavioral control adolescents with PFC deficit may lack discernment and are often too quick to judge.PFC deficit can help explain why adolescents, with yet-to-be-developed willpower, may be more likely to risk driving faster or under an influence of peers, drugs or alcohol.
The serious and difficult problem is that adolescents may be drawn to take more and greater risks than adults even though they are much less experienced and adept at risk appreciation and lack the cognitive skills for assessment of hazard, harm and the long-term cost of deleterious consequences.
2 • IS THERE A SOLUTION?
Yes there is. School of Thinking (SOT) has a simple and practical solution to the problem of universal PFC Deficit in student brains.