What’s Missing From Traditional Education

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As a parent you can probably easily see the vast differences between what you learned in school while you were growing up and what your kids are learning now. Some changes that have been made are definitely for the better, while some are certainly worse, and what kids are learning from traditional education could use some tweaking. Here are some of the ways their learning is lacking:

1.     Creativity

Instead of focusing on expanding their realms of creativity children are fostered to believe that standardized test results are the deciding factor in their intelligence. In reality this means they only learn that they need to fit into a certain mold and anyone that falls outside of that is a failure. Creativity and differences need to be celebrated, not shunned.

2.     Competition

Tethered by the idea that we need to make everyone feel they’re on equal playing fields in every facet of their lives, kids are no longer encouraged to compete with each other in sports, grades, etc. However it’s arguable that competition is a healthy part of growing up. We aren’t all created with the same abilities and it’s important for kids to learn their strengths and weaknesses to excel in areas of life best suited to their skills. Without any sort of competition how will this be taught?

3.     Compassion

Bullying has become an all too familiar pastime for kids, and instead of learning to embrace the differences amongst their peers they are learning to approach others with negativity. The meaner you are, the stronger you are, and the weaker you are the less likely anyone will be to stick up for you for fear of also being perceived as weak. Kids need to learn compassion for their peers early on so that these characteristics can continue to grow as they grow.

4.     Responsibility

While it’s probably not a good idea to go back to the old forms of punishment like spankings and rulers across the hands there does need to be harsher punishments implemented for wrongdoings at school. Kids are learning quickly that they can get away with more and more, which gives them no reason to accept any personal responsibility for their actions.

5.   Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation

With the prevalence of texting and shorthand used for social media kids are learning improper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If this only translated into how they wrote for social media or texting it would be one thing, but these errors in their written language are translating heavily into how they write on a regular basis – school included.

There has been a large shift in how our kids are learning these days, and while some of it may be good – such as an increased awareness and proficiency with technology – a lot of it is only hindering them overall. Traditional education needs to change with the times so that our kids continue to get the most from it instead of learning bad habits that will follow them throughout their lives

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger, editor & a knowledge gainer of  being full time nanny.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

 

 

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