Education is a push-button topic for me. I was fortunate to be able to educate my children at home. My husband is quick to point out it wasn’t fortune, but a willingness to sacrifice and work hard that made our venture a success. I agree that our “use it up, wear it out, make it do nor do without” philosophy was critical. But I do believe there are family situations that make one-on-one home education difficult, if not impossible.
Few would argue though that something is not working with public education today. So what can we do to make learning something kids enjoy and look forward to? How do we make schools a center of learning and cohesion as opposed to prison-like buildings overwhelmed with a vicious and competitive spirit?
I don’t know.
But here are some ideas I toss around in my head. Some I have given more thought than others.
- Start later, not earlier or perhaps more clear: start older, not younger
- Provide plenty of free time for play and exploration, at all ages
- Limit the time spent on seat work; alternate with active, moving learning
- Eliminate grade levels
- Move to a mastery system
- Provide healthy snacks and drinks on demand
- Encourage deep parental involvement, working with employers to make this possible
- Provide free reading and read-aloud time for all students of all ages
- Eliminate yearly testing, replacing it with aptitude testing that allows children to discover and pursue their inherent capabilities and interests
- Make arts education just as important as math & science, but more important than sports
- Separate sports and education
- Eliminate competition for a solid education
- Have faith in every child’s ability to learn. (We probably should start here!)
- Be aware of and provide for all learning styles.
What do you think? What are your ideas for improving the educational system?