Education is the fundamental means to introduce knowledge to an individual and develop a sense of curiosity for him to find new knowledge. Sadly, education has been hijacked by those in power, turning innocent children into brainwashed slaves who bow down to authority. We already realize that traditional schools based on centralized education (read indoctrination camps) will never prepare young people for the real world, for critical thinking and creativity have been discouraged in favour of grades. Important life skills are also left out, leaving the child to figure them out on their own. Even if we made changes to the school system, the old mindset will carry on in one form or another.
That being said, can we change the way our children are being educated? Homeschooling is a great option, but not every parent has the means or the ability to teach their own children. Many think private schools are a better alternative, but they are extremely expensive. In this day and age, people are just too busy making a living to make ends meet and would rather dump their children in government schools. Perhaps we could describe the education systems in our own countries, discuss their pros and cons and come up with better ideas. I would really like to hear your opinions on this. Thanks!
Carey Those kids with the strength of character to resist are labelled ADD and drugged to the eyeballs. It really is "One flew over the cuckoos nest". Steiner schools are a great alternative if you can afford it. Otherwise it must be home schooling. What I think we need is an alternative information platform that can reach the general public to have an effect. I think it should be via community markets. I will be posting a suggested format shortly stay tuned and thanks for your thoughtful dialogue Augustine
Thursday 10 March 2016, 10:23:38
[deleted user] Thanks for replying to my post, Carey! I haven't heard of Steiner schools before you mentioned them and after quick search, I see that it is a completely different approach as compared to traditional education! That being said, I do see that the originator of the idea, Rudolf Steiner is a rather controversial character. But the same can be said for the majority of people who made an impact on our world.
Thursday 10 March 2016, 11:20:54
Lorraine H This is the first year my children are attending Online Home School, I find that I prefer this kind of schooling oppose to Public schooling. What's good about this is when you hear their teacher trying to teach them about false history, I don't mind if they so happen want to go get/have a snack. lol :)
Thursday 10 March 2016, 19:22:37
[deleted user] False history, huh? I want some obscure history, if you know what I mean. There was an extremely controversial racial riot in my country on May 13th, 1969. It's barely mentioned in the history textbooks! I've been searching for information on it, but nothing comes up. Anyway, I still haven't made up my mind if the Holocaust really happened...
Friday 11 March 2016, 02:34:41
Lorraine H lol, Yes I do know what you mean. Same here :)
Friday 11 March 2016, 03:01:25
Akasha My kids are homeschooled too this year. They learned almost nothing at public school and the little they learned was lot of garbage anyway...When my kids do have some history lessons I explain them other versions I know and encourages them to go look for themselves and do some research. Every child is different so what I like about homeschool too is that we can adapt the way for of teach for the child. I don't know if people are aware about Montessori school too but it is interesting, an open learning method of education