In the late 1920s, psychologist John Merton published his The Theory of Kid-Brain Communication in which he argued that in the same way that we need to learn to navigate or manipulate an unfamiliar language, so too do we need to learn to communicate. Merton is credited with developing and understanding how to learn the basic language to communicate and his work was controversial. However, despite his views on this topic as being controversial, a large majority of its scholars accepted his theory and applied it to the life of a child using both traditional methods and modern forms of communication.
Although he would later make it clear that, as a scientist he felt that language was the best way of teaching. The Talent to Build Kid-Brain Communication—What Is It?—is an educational program of research on the nature of learning. Each week a student learns a specific skill and moves on with the learning until they know the skills and know how to use them.
A class consists of 4-5 teachers who spend their time learning about various aspects of child development. In some of the classes, students learn to write, read, write, and sit down. The purpose is to give the children the opportunity to develop their learning skills as young as 8 or 9.
The curriculum, though somewhat difficult to understand on its own, can be summarized as, with one or two exceptions, ‘You’re getting a lot of good skills out of the classroom. You should learn to write, talk, recite lines or words, speak English, write and study hard, learn to do sports or math, etc.’ These skills are called ‘Learning Skills.’ The first of these is ‘Writing’, in which the children write down sentences to represent their writing ability, and later recite lines like they are writing from a pencil.
During the day, they are taught the first of three skill books: Learning in a Language at a Workplace or at Home. The fourth book was a book on working with language by James P. McBride. The students are given a series of tasks to use as a learning tool and then they work out their strategies for solving those tasks.
The first task is to write a sentence that will be shown in the classroom. There are four to six questions: How to communicate with your child, what skills are needed to use them efficiently, where they are useful, and where they are not. These are then presented at the start of the lesson. At first, no one responds to the question. Eventually, the first question is answered, and at a high rate of success.