This has bothered me as much as anything in education. In biology, a lot of memorization is necessary before having fun in upper level courses. I learned independent thinking and analysis in 10th grade English, of all places!
This is week five of our new school at home project. This follows on from 5 months of school at home which was enforced across the country before the summer holidays. Son is in now in Year 10 which is the third year of secondary school – that’s a lot of numbers in so few words. Spot the sad Accountant. Don’t worry I have undergone counselling and I have not relapsed into accounting for two years now.
Something struck me today. That wasn’t just the incessant rain hammering down on our little hill. It was a teaching thought. How much information is spoon fed to our children and how few opportunities are given to them to think freely. Over the last 5 weeks it’s basically been learn this and then answer some questions on what you have been told to learn. The sources of information are closely controlled. Set texts…
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