Today I came across an article about “Deschooling” from Prevent Disease that was both interesting, and slightly extreme – both are my standard reactions when I read articles from PD.
To give you a bit of background, my plan is to homeschool my children. There are many reasons why I have chosen to homeschool them, but I can assure you that you will never find me in a conversation taking aim at the Canadian school system, or criticizing another parent for choosing the “normal” school route.
I don’t particularly have a problem with the school system here, I just want my kids to learn a different way. In fact, in my experience, the education that is given to students across the board (literally) in the areas I have lived is very standard. Teachers do their jobs, and a lot of them excel. I was surprised to learn how much of a role environment can play in regards to student progress, (ie. parent spending time at night working with child). I also feel that attending school can be very empowering, particularly for those in developing countries.
Now that I have explained some personal thoughts about education, I wanted to share the video above, “Changing Education Paradigms“, which provides an explanation of how and why our current education model is outdated. It also brings forth the idea of “Divergent Thinking”, which is something we all have the ability to tap into as young children, but is barely there by the age of 13. There are some interesting facts about education, and even ADHD (which may be a bit controversial).
It is fascinating, and thought-provoking and worth the 11 minutes invested.
Homeschoolers, public schoolers, private schoolers… I’d love to hear your thoughts on “Changing Education Paradigms”