As I sat through a conference at my son's school, I thought about how much better the learning experience could be if the teachers and staff understood the subconscious mind. The guidance counselor said in front of my son that if he didn't do well in pre-algebra, he would NEVER do well in math. When we met with the counselor without my son, I told him that as an authority figure, a comment like that could stay in a child's subconscious mind and the child would grow up believing that because of a rough start to middle school, he could never do well in math. I told him that my son could achieve anything he sets his mind on and that there are no limits (unless we create them).
On the same day, there was talk about sleepy kids in 1st bell. If the teachers encouraged the children to thump in the middle of their chests like Tarzan, they would be more alert. Children could also do figure eights to balance energy and get the right and left sides of the brain going. There are so many simple exercises that teachers could have children do for 10 seconds to have them be more alert and ready to learn. There is so much potential for children in US schools!