I used to have a good memory before I got married. I have been happily married for almost 5 years now but I have noticed something about how I remember things.
Before I got married, and for the first year afterwards, my wife would tell me details of things we are planning on doing (dinner with mother in law, baby shower for someone, etc…) and I would remember it. These days, I typically don’t. I am sure many wives reading this blog will agree that their husbands don’t remember details like that. Well I can tell you why we don’t.
We don’t remember the details because you are. In other words, husbands quickly realize that they don’t have to remember these things because our wives will remind us when it is time. Some wives would call this lazy. I call it being efficient.
I have written previously about a concept called the Extended Mind. It is a theory about how the brain works that says it can problem solve without having all the facts and pieces physically stored in the brain. It can use “external” storage.
This story below talks about a study where they trying to quantify how our brains are literally changing to take into account the vast amount of external storage we now have access to.
As teachers, we cannot ignore this change. Schools have to adapt or they will be replaced.