“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
In this ever-changing environment, with ever-changing laws and values, is it any wonder that people, especially parents, are opting to homeschool their children? Never say that it’s because they’re being lazy or that they don’t know better. On the contrary, most parents see education as the ongoing process of learning and understanding that needs to happen in order to prepare their children to be rightful members of society.
So what is holding the education system back? As parents, we want to ensure that our children receive the best quality education possible. But given that all children learn differently, what is the best way to teach them? And how can we determine what is the best?
The Information Age
Today, information is king. The Internet has made the learning process much easier than it ever has been before. Students can get their hands on any book, tutorial, tutorial video, etc. with a click of a mouse. But while this is a great way to get information, it can also be a great tool for teaching. This is because; the more the student learns, the more prepared he/she is for the real world. This is because; the more the student learns, the more successes and insights he/she will have. It’s circular. And since we (as parents and teachers) want the students to be successful, it is of utmost importance that we provide them with the best possible education.
So how does one go about this? The world is changing faster than we can ever understand. We are implementing new laws, guidelines, systems, and ways of doing things at a staggering speed. At the end of the day, this means that we have to be equipped to learn and adapt in order to accomplish our main aims and objectives. If we can’t do this then we are finished. We can’t be successful in providing kids with the best possible education and we are all doomed.
We need to adapt and change with the times. It is a simple fact that the world around us is changing in a way that we can’t always predict what the future holds. Sometimes we make mistakes that lead to others making similar mistakes and get trapped into repeating the same mistakes. The Education and Learning Paradox is an example of this. Adopt an “ailment approach” to learning and teaching. The difference between “ailment” and “educo” is that “educo” basically means learn by placing the student in an environment that supports learning. “Induce learners to become independent learners by setting up situations that threaten tension and/or provide extra pressure” is another way of putting it. By doing this, the teacher not only arms the learner with knowledge but also creates a desire to learn.
Make Use of Probable Outcomes
Studies have shown that most people believe that success is a direct outcome of their efforts and not a result of instruction. This is easily countered by using “possible outcomes,” which are outcomes that have not been pre-determined. For example, if the teacher did not teach the students what they needed to incorporate boys into their lessons by using the scenario, but instead created a situation where the students learned that they needed to get used to and enjoy using computers, the outcome is more likely to be “used to the computer.”
Also, teachers can use possible outcomes created by the students to drive their instruction. For example, if the students learned that they needed to take notes in class because this is what the teacher will do next, the teacher’s next step will be to create a writing assignment where the students must research information using the teacher’s examples. The completion of this writing assignment will mean that the students understand how to produce a list. Another outcome created by the students will mean that the teacher will demonstrate how to get students to produce research and lists by breaking down their instructions.
Create a Learning environment with Learning Objectives and Practice Tests
overloaded with information? The solution is to create a setting where the students and teacher can focus on the most important information first, or go over fluff that is not related to school. misunderstood? Think about it- the teacher did not teach the students about the difference between Mainstream and the Internet. He or she did not even teach the proper use of punctuation so the students could know how to correct it. Perhaps worst of all, the teacher attempted to teach the creation of a library, when most of the material is written from the perspective of the Internet.
Perhaps it’s time to honestly assess our educational system and determine what we need to focus on. Perhaps focus on the differences that exist, and perhaps we just need more training on the similarities. I for one highly value the Internet and use it every chance I get.