Making a career choice these days is getting tougher, and not everybody gets a career in engineering and medicine; nor can many of us become the part of the bureaucracy élite. Who ever would have thought that Lego would offer free educational games for Pre-K? The site is full of pure fun with a ton of online games for kids of all ages. Lego is kind enough to separate the games fit for Pre-K under a separate tab. These games are not traditional teaching games that teach letters and numbers, but they are a fun way for kids to train dexterity and problem-solving skills.
Just a warning-the music is so catchy that you may have it stuck in your head for days! Even for children who don’t use ASL everyday, watching Signing Time! expands vocabulary and increases language and reading abilities. At age two, my son has learned words most five year olds don’t know. Signing Time! is a wonderful learning tool.
Many jobs have been de-skilled. Just look at plumbing. Apprentices used to have to learn to put threads on the end of metal pipes and design complex plumbing systems. Now plumbing is simply a matter of pick the plastic fittings and glue them together.
It is not a well thought out process but an unthinking one. Intelligent and educated people have the amount of children that they can take care of and educate properly. It is an unintelligent and thoughtless action to have more children than they can possibly take care of and educate thereby reducing the family into poverty. Wouldn’t it be better to have small families so that children have the best of opportunities and socioeconomic conditions? Children in large families for the most part are impoverished and with that, their chances of success are drastically reduced.
I was home-schooled and then started public school in the 5th grade. I agree that you don’t need to teach children to read. (Just like you don’t need to teach children to speak). Read books with them, let them see you reading, and it is a natural progression).
Naturally there is an alternative. The teachers should be facilitators of discussions and counselors that help you set and reach your personal progress goals and your class’s progress goals. Students should learn how to do real things, learn real thing together with their peers utilizing each other’s strengths and overcoming individual weaknesses together. Students should be encouraged to create and to shape their own paths. There is an abundance of informal educational projects that have had great success and schools and teachers that have started grass-roots reforms for their small educational communities. We need to wake up to this idea and start exploring. As long as we are asking the questions, the answers will present themselves. And this is how we should educate. We need to embrace the notion that this system has to go – from bottom to top.