Education is the foundation to so much in our world today. Advances in computers, information technology, math, medicine, psychology, engineering and every other discipline would be impossible if education did not let us build on the advances of the great minds that came before us.
Education is not only about the past and present, but it is also the key to the future. It will help prepare our children for the intellectual challenges of the rest of the 21st century.
Education not only teaches our children facts but also teaches them how to think and learn on their own.
What is Good Education?
There will always be arguments about what is taught in schools. Socrates was fed poison for teaching the “wrong things”. William of Ockam and Galileo are two great examples that philosophy and science have always been controversial topics (to understate the issue) when education runs counter to the status quo.
The line on what is good education seems to keep moving.
With common core and year-round schools coming into vogue, schools are a very different place then twenty years ago following that education fifty years from now will be even more different with technology driving learning and information beyond anything we could ever have imagined Yes, the future of education may seem strange to us today, but the changes will be made for the better of the student, or the changes will not last long.
When I think of, “what is good education” one quote comes to my mind. A quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy that I think encapsulates what a good education is really all about:
Motivation. Even educational motivation. Has always been a tough nut to crack.
While a few kids are motivated to do well from their own thirst for knowledge. Most are not.
Particularly younger kids may go into school kicking and screaming the whole way. While the best motivation will always be intrinsic motivation something has to be done to give kids that initial motivation until they grow up enough to motivate themselves. It remains constant that the better a child does in their own mind, the harder the work and the greater the pleasure they achieve from their own success.
If your child is not enjoying his or her learning journey, it may be time to change the journey ever so slightly. After nearly 30 years of working with children and adults I have never found one that cannot find enjoyment and pleasure in their own success. The importance is placing the criteria for success at the correct level. If it is too easy and there is no satisfaction, if it is too hard and there is just frustration and resistance. just like Goldilocks and the three bears, the mix has to be just right, not too hot or cold, hard or soft, just beautifully in the middle and just right.
We can help support you and your child to find enjoyment in their own learning.
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