Searching for the Source of Expertise in Modern Education

Searching for the Source of Expertise in Modern Education

For centuries, the central approach to education was clear. Find someone with expertise in a given subject and charge him or her with the responsibility of imparting what he or she knew into the minds of the students.

The roles under this traditional approach to learning were well defined. The teacher was a person who had special skill or knowledge in some particular field. The student was a novice with little or no experience in the field. Put the two together in a formal setting, and the transfer of learning from the mind of the expert to the mind of the learner takes place.

The most common transfer method was the lecture, with the teacher telling what they knew, and the students taking notes, trying to keep up with the teacher. Note-taking served a dual purpose. It helped the students recall what the teacher said and it kept them from falling asleep.

While it was hard to argue against the pure efficiency of the lecture method from the teacher, throughout history, many have questioned how much learning was taking place. The argument at times took on aspects of the philosophical dilemma of whether or not sound is produced if a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to hear it.

Today we have the advantage of scientific research aimed at understanding how the brain learns. Much of what researchers have discovered corroborates long-held assumptions. For one thing, we now know with certainty the brain has a short attention span and needs time to rest between bursts of learning activity.

The traditional 50-minute lecture no longer passes the test of sound learning, if this research is to be believed. We now have a range of alternative approaches to the traditional model, but they all have the same …

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Early Education – An Answer to a Mother

Early Education - An Answer to a Mother

S_____, you ask what I advocate for your infant daughter and her education. I take that as an invitation to share my thoughts that come from both understanding and practical experience. You intend to homeschool, which tells me you do not obtain the hype of modern-day education, which is good.

The top technique to prepare any kid for learning and life will be to read to her. Read regularly, study with expression and delight, study fascinating stories, study a wide variety of stories. You would be amazed in the pile of books it would be that we have a study out loud to our young children – the longest getting The Lord of the Rings.

The second significant thing will be to give her imaginative, hands-on play, especially outdoors. Creating forts or fairy houses, dressing up in period costume, (maybe not when she’s this little) carrying out exciting factors with hands and dirt and objects, climbing trees. Generally, lessen electronics and media. Some television is not bad, but it’s not that great, either.

And third, as she gets older, give her broad knowledge. Make it normal to go see a Shakespeare stage presentation or even a period costume foray such as Dicken’s around the Strand at Galveston (we have gone all dressed up, it was so enjoyable), or any of a variety of such things. Give her broad expertise in the planet and culture. Youngsters who develop up surrounded by other little ones their very own age (contemporary education) will despise all these issues by the time they’re teenagers – that may be the de-socialization that requires place within the modern-day classroom.

And keep your daughter away from such continuous environments. Playing and learning with other youngsters is usually superior, but not the endless hours that modern-day education demands. You’d …

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