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Can This Marriage Be Saved? The Future of ‘Neuro-Education’


  • Francis Schrag

Correspondence: Francis Schrag, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 208 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.



Neuro-education, a new frontier for educational researchers, has its passionate advocates and equally passionate detractors. Some philosophers, including Noel Purdy and Hugh Morrison, Andrew Davis, and Ralph Schumacher, have argued that the entire enterprise is misguided. I evaluate and challenge their arguments. This permits me to articulate my own position: Neuroscience may make impressive contributions to education but, perhaps paradoxically, not by guiding the work of teachers.