I believe that unless experience grabs kids, or adults for that matter, as having a searing relevance in their life are discussed in the science curriculum — most students will just tune out. I made this attempt to connect brain science with the experiences of my characters/patients in my book “The Female Brain” and “The Male Brain” — especially look at Chapter Two: Teen Boy Brain.
When I present the science material in classrooms to 13-16 year olds you can hear a pin drop.
That said, many critics have said this isn’t ‘real science’. I disagree, and feel that making a bridge between the laboratory science and real life is the only way to get kids into having a passion about it.
I’d be most interested to hear others’ experiences and approaches.
Louann Brizendine, MD, clinician, best-selling author