Dear Parents of our Future Geniuses
Until recently, it was not known in what way geniuses were nurtured or created.
There will be parents who, upon learning the right method, will make full use of it in rearing their children.
There will undoubtedly be others who, not wishing to go so far, will still wish to develop their child's potential so as to enable him or her to lead a composed, relaxed school life.
Parents of mentally retarded children, on learning that there is a way by which their child can be brought up
as a normal child, will undoubtedly be filled with hope.
There is no need to lament that it is too late, even if your child is older than six, and has gotten too big to do this kind of work with.
It is possible for both primary and secondary school children at the bottom of their classes to rise to the top through the use of right brain learning methods.
The right brain learning method of the 21st Century can be said to be a resurrection of human learning methods.
It is a learning method of hope for all.
I hope from the bottom of my heart that through this method, each and every child will be able to draw out the splendid potential each one naturally possesses and will actively participate in the 21st Century.
Professor Makoto Shichida, Ed.D.
What is the Shichida Method?
Professor Shichida has a proven system, highly regarded as the methodology which will be influential in this century. To develop a high quality child, it is important to examine both character formation and learning abilities as a wholesome approach to child rearing.
The purpose of education is not to teach knowledge and skills but to create a well-balanced child with enormous abilities, rich creativity and the ability to use a huge proportion of the brain. These can only be achieved without stress and a right parent-child relationship.
The main characteristic of The Shichida Method is its concentration on its whole-brain education which will build up a big dream in a child to contribute his best to this world.
2. When is the critical period of training the
We promote whole-brain education by developing the right brain and connecting it to the left-brain, allowing both sides of the brain to work together in balance.
The right brain is the more important hemisphere to influence the quality of the left-brain. For example, the right brain enables the child to learn subconsciously as well as enable the brain to be able to automatically process large amounts of information at high speed whereas the left-brain is able only to process small amounts of information at low speed.
Ages 0-3 is the period in which the child maximizes the utilization of the right brain. From ages 4-6, the child would start to switch to using the left-brain. Henceforth, the ideal period of training the brain would be from ages 0-3. However, if the child is older, the programme focuses on reinforcing the child's learning systems and modifies any negative aspects the child already has.
If the brain is well nurtured, the child will develop a great vision about learning and can handle any challenges with ease for the rest of his life. Further on in life, it will be more difficult to modify the learning capability.
3. My child is only an infant. How can he/she benefit? An infant has incredible learning abilities. Even though an infant may not be able to display his/her learning abilities or potential, the cells in the brain are connecting fast for future brain usage. An infant should be given appropriate brain stimulation to bring out the innate human abilities such as: photographic memory, creativity, perfect pitch in music, multi-languages for language mastery and lightning rapid calculation abilities.
4. What must parents do in the programme? Parents are required to carry out proposed course related activities with their children at home everyday. Brain training is a continuous process that requires continuous attention by the parents at home. 30 minutes a day of interaction is well within the ability of any busy parent, and is better quality time spent with the child than television or shopping.
It is often said that we use only 3% of our brain's
potential capability. The remaining 97% is hidden in the right brain. Dr Joseph
E. Bogen of the California Institute of Technology points out that people fail
to use their right brain, ignoring its potential. He claims that, so far,
education has been concerned with the left hemisphere of the brain, which is
analogous to a child not being allowed to attend school since his brain which
has the possibility of achieving the higher level, is left untouched.
Why has the left brain, and not the right, been central in education up to now? This is because people have taken for granted that the left brain, whose functions are linguistic, is the "single pivot" of the brain, and thus have made no attempt to recognise the faculties of the right brain at all. It is important to understand that, as the left and right brains have distinctive operational mechanisms, each brain has different types of memory circuits.
The present educational system is left brain-oriented, which helps "to foster intelligence" but not "to bring out intelligence itself." Hence, those children who have poor left-brain memory face a dilemma: they are unable to memorize and thus are unable to improve their intelligence. But, the fact is that these children have poor memory only in terms of left brain memory, which is most utilized in customary education. Once their right brain memory is activated, however, these children will display the memory power of a genius, which now lies dormant, and will become superior in terms of intelligence.
There has been a scarcity of literature that explains right brain memory. The right brain has a special memory faculty called “Image Memory? which enables it to memorize things after only one glimpse, like photographing. This faculty is different from the left brain memory, which interprets linguistically. Once the right brain memory faculty is developed, even children with brain disorders or with learning disabilities, whose memories are said to barely function, will be able to develop excellent memory.
There was a child of three years and four months of whom his doctor declared: "This boy has little memory ability, and will have to stay in hospital for life." Instead, the child took right brain memory training, and, after only two months, his memory improved to an amazing degree. He was able to memorize the contents of books after his mother read them to him only once. He also memorized Chinese characters after he saw them once, and mastered the eighty characters, which are required to be learnt in the first grade of elementary school, in only one month. But, this is not a rare example. Children who have taken the right brain training have displayed similar results in many places throughout Japan.
In 1951, the American scientist, Barbara McClintock discovered freely moving genes, but the scientists of that period who believed in immutable genes did not acknowledge this.
However, thirty years later, a group of scientists at Osaka University, Japan, announced that genes have rearrangement ability. McClintock's research was confirmed and she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1983. It has been proven scientifically that genes are not immutable. There is fluidity. It has been scientifically proven that the capacity of children is not necessarily decided by inheritance from the parents.
Dr Scammon (USA) found that immediately after birth, it is the brain that develops rapidly. By the age of three, it reaches three to four times what it was at birth. Nearly 90 per cent of the brain's growth is accomplished by the age of six. The part of the body that develops the most during the baby's nursing period is the brain. So, the education of the brain must be our first priority during this period.
Darold Treffert, Norman Geschwind and Albert Galaburda of Harvard University researched the brain anatomically and found that those people who were called geniuses use the left and right brains in a well- balanced way, while ordinary people use the left brain almost exclusively.
Dr. Yoshiya Shinagawa, who is a cerebral physiologist famous for his work on the right brain, explains that the learning ratio between the left brain and the right brain is one to a million. Unfortunately, there is a mechanism that prevents us from regularly using the right brain that possesses a superior learning capability. During the time of the right brain dominance that will last up to six years from birth, the right brain can be used easily. After this period, the right brain becomes difficult to use.
The Whole Brain, Whole Heart Phenomenon
Famous for popularizing the method called "Right brain education" in Japan, Prof. Makoto Shichida is beginning to turn the educational world upside down. But it's more than simply right brain based education. Prof. Shichida's methods encompass the whole brain.
The Shichida Method™ : Whole Brain Education
The left and right hemispheres of the brain have different capabilities. The left brain processes and remembers information using language, while the right brain does the same using images. The right brain possesses the ability to retain in memory, the complete image of things seen at a glance. Also, it is the receptacle for inspiration and the site of expression for image abundant creativity. The right brain controls the abilities to visualize images and the realization of those images physically. Nearly all successful people, regardless of their field of expertise, demonstrate the right brain ability of distinct image visualization.
However, as the left brain develops, it becomes harder to bring forth the abilities of the right brain. If the child's brain is stuffed with knowledge, it becomes very difficult to exercise and develop the right brain. The Shichida Method™ believes in not over-emphasizing on knowledge education, and that the cultivation of the child's ability to learn on his own is of utmost importance.
Right brain capabilities that all children possess are:
1. The 5 senses of the right brain.
Corresponding to the 5 senses of the left brain (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) the right brain also has its 5 senses. However they are not the senses of sight and hearing in the normal manner, but the ability to see, hear, sense things through waves translated into images. These 5 senses of the right brain are its basic abilities. When these abilities are released, man becomes capable of seeing images as motion pictures.
2. The ability to see images in the form of motion pictures.
3. Photographic memory.
4. The ability to do complex mental calculations.
5. The conversion of images to words, numbers, symbols and the reverse.
6. The ability to master foreign languages easily.
7. The ability to receive inspiration and use it towards unique creativity.
8. The ability of photographic speed-reading.
9. The ability to receive information on an intuitive level, and to use that information accordingly.