Customizing Education

Let’s have a discussion. Share your thoughts.

In today’s world, technology changes at a pace that our educational institutions cannot keep up with. If any of you have personally or have known someone who majored in a computer science related field you should have a total understanding of this.

In light of this, education required a complete transformation. In Classical education there is the idea that in the earlier grades K or 1 through 4th, children are in the “poll-parrot” stage, that is they are still like little sponges ready to soak up much new information. This is considered the ideal time for teaching facts. I do agree with this aspect of Classical education.

Beyond this stage, I feel, it is most important to teach children HOW to learn. After they learn the rudiments of math, grammar, and science and the basic facts of the social sciences and history, they should then be focused on how to learn. I feel that the best way to do this is through their passions. This was the driving idea behind the educational reform movements of the 1960s which were popularized by John Holt and are the foundation of the democratic Sudbury Schools.

Traditional education says the exact opposite. They continue to teach the same information across the board to all students. Those who aren’t interested in the information likely forget it once the tests have been passed and the course is over.

Is there a way, in public schools with their large classes, to give children this type of education? I fear that there is not. This is what causes the conflict I have about whether or not I should homeschool my child. I’m just curious on what other people feel about this subject.

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