The golden age of education

Education is close to every parent's heart. I can remember when I was at school, education was just as important then--- parents seemed often dissatisfied with the quality of education on offer. Consistently wanting the best schools for their children. It may be that there is no such thing as a perfect educational system. But parents always seem to cringe when the subject of problem kids are brought up. Why is it that there are a great number of schools where students aren't there for learning. The reasons are complex but one reason must be the culture; classrooms might end up in a shambled for exactly the same cultural reasons as city centre's turn into a brawl on a Friday night. It's not purely the school, although it contributes. If schools act as a stand-in parent when the real parents are out at work then there needs to be co-operation between the parent and the school. As far as "problem" kids go, if the parents have no ethics then how likely are children to have them. Pushing the limits is what children do though, and some of the worse behaved become the key contributors to society. It is important though to distinguish between not doing well at school and being disruptive--- you might not be doing to well, but don't drag the class down with you. There were notable underachievers at school; I heard for instance Einstein was not considered to be a good pupil. Partly because he was already preoccupied with what he was interested in. Everything else that the school demanded he learnt, he wasn't interested in. There is a difference from having a direction and no direction at all.

Recently I listened to a radio program while I was in London about coming-of-age; the black community had decided to do something about the direction-less adolescences in their community. One thing that they established is things seem to improve when there was a proper coming of age. Perhaps, the toning down of ritual and ceremony in society is more detrimental, if there are responsibilities as a citizen, then perhaps these could form part of a coming-of-age ritual.

I can also see why parents would want to opt out of the education system and choose to educate their own children. To a great degree it’s a fallacy that students need such a rounded education, many adults forget what they learnt at school and still go on to be highly educated. If the parents are able to provide a student-centred environment; guided learning then surely this has to be more beneficial; if not natural. Perhaps though detractors would say that children should be encouraged to go into the world and find out for themselves. To start as soon as possible interacting and learning about how the world works from their own perspective. I can remember reading an opinion on schools based on triggering innate abilities; children in the right learning environment flourish. They are able to realise natural abilities that are innate, without the right environment this abilities are less likely to be triggered. Example of this are known from studying animals. For example a lamb separated from his mother at birth often will be unable to perceive depth of vision; something in his early interaction with his mother allows him to develop (or trigger) this innate ability.

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