It is a shame that perfectly good teaching tools are constantly being justified with hokum references to neuroscience, says Philip Beadle. (...) The mind map is underused in schools because of its association with bad science and with Buzan, the emperor of self-promotion. But, providing you have access to a shipload of coloured pencils and a naughty boy to sharpen them, they are a good and valid classroom method with a variety of applications...
[...] Mind maps have all the seductiveness of popular science. When we have mastered them, we feel as if we are in possession of a precious secret known only to the select few million who have purchased a book by their progenitor, Tony Buzan.
And they come with some grand claims: mind maps "help make your life easier and more successful", says Buzan in How to Mind Map. You will immediately "think up brilliant ideas" and "gain control of your life". It is a wonder the world managed to turn without them, really.
Via Lucas Gruez