our child takes interest in creating crafts, you realize if he/she had guidance they could learn more. With the help of a mentor, your child will receive guidance to help them refine their craft and grow into a master creator. They can learn how to use proper techniques, how to apply creative solutions, how to make unique pieces, and more. But then their schooling limits you, you are unable to think beyond their classroom learning.
The children in schools are learning about the parts of the computer, they are mugging these parts for what? To be able to pass their exams. How are they going to use this information? There are so many skills a child can learn related to computers and technology.
For example, they can learn coding so they can create their website or games, they can learn graphic design to improve the visuals of their projects, video editing for creating videos or films, and audio engineering for remixing music and sound effects. These are just a few of the skills they can learn, the knowledge that will become so useful in the future as they progress with their craft.
How are the 8 or 9 subjects children study in the classrooms the only things children learn year after year? Is this not giving kids a very narrow understanding of the world? Do these 8 to 9 subjects encompass all the knowledge they need to be successful in life? Why are we not learning environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, and media literacy?
One of the main reasons for this narrow focus is that the school curriculum is designed to provide a basic education that prepares students for college or the workforce. To meet this goal, the curriculum has to be structured and standardized, which often leads to a limited range of subjects being taught. Additionally, there are time constraints and limited resources that can make it difficult to incorporate additional subjects.
Is the school curriculum updated to include the new technologies, tools, and mediums that children can use to express their creativity?
Let's say your child takes a keen interest in creating games, would they still need to go to school and learn all the subjects for more than half of the day with very little time left to learn what they enjoy doing? With no time left to explore what they love they slowly start giving up on their hobbies and eventually forget about them.
A child who has an interest in science and can create projects, and read about the discoveries and inventions of scientists, why should they be limited to a few topics in school? Why can’t they have access to more resources related to their interests? A child like this needs their learning pathway, a pathway designed specifically for their interests and goals so they can continue to develop skills in the areas they find enjoyable.
Why school grades occupy a major part of the discussion at home and schools. Parents are mostly worried about their kid's grades and how they will affect their future. Parents send kids to extra classes to score more not with the idea of kids learning more but to score more. All the effort goes behind preparing the kids for the school exams, that's all? imagine if that time was spent exploring the fields of their interests and helping the kids develop skills related to those areas.
When the kid is limited to the textbooks provided by the school? What incentive do they have to take initiative and explore their creativity, when the school system is designed to grade their creativity or measure it by marks? How does being assessed for a few chapters decide whether you should be promoted or not?
Schools pack students with home work and assignments that need to be completed by the due date. Has anyone ever asked how much it is helping the students in the long run? How many of these assignments are helping them think outside the box and be creative with their answers or solutions? Plus the time this home works takes to finish leaves kids with no extra time to explore the things they love.
All the things taught in school are hardly useful later in life, it's only the things you learn by yourself that you can use.
Surprisingly many parents are aware of the new technologies and tools their kids can use but they don’t have enough knowledge to guide them. Parents are more concerned about the grades and not the skill their children will learn for life.
It’s time for parents, schools, and educators to come together to create a new approach toward education that focuses on students' individual interests and passions. Such an approach can open up unimaginable possibilities for children with creative minds who want to pursue their dreams.
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