Children must be treated as individuals to get the most out of their education
The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) professes ‘child-centered’ learning then puts children in front of a computer screen to ‘learn at his/her own pace.’
Teaching/learning is an important part of education when used to stimulate and develop a student’s intellectual abilities - it is contrary to education if it is used to stuff information and ideas into children who are perceived as empty vessels or defective models in need of repair.
All children come with experiences and ideas that must be nurtured and respected if they are to grow. These are the essential ingredients in real education - recognizing and bringing out the student’s own intellect and personality as their reach is expanded.
We often hear that children who do not thrive in school lack self-esteem. I believe rather that they shrivel and withdraw as they perceive all too vividly the lack of regard from those charged with their well-being.