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Letters Extra: How do young Homo Sapiens actually think?

One piece of research evidence chosen by Karen Gold for your article on thinking (June 14) was an average increase in Maths English and Science scores for 4500 pupils at both KS3 and GCSE, presumably a consequence of 'thinking skills' during Year 7 Science.

But, given the particular setting of the extra teaching, should we expect the scores in Science to be much more impressive than in the other two subjects or is it the case that putting mind-mapping diagrams before pupils for discussion still tells us next to nothing about how young homo sapiens actually think and even less of their slow development into reflective adults?

Neil Richardson
Moorside Road

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