To some, Education is something we all do from the age of 5 onwards. We begin by attending school for academic instruction. We learn to read and write whilst subtly being moulded in preparation to fit within society. While not all individuals are the same (almost like trying to fit square pegs into round holes), the majority of schools are the same. Academic education can be harmonious and empowering for some, and debilitating and disempowering for others.
No longer is knowledge is passed down from scholars, philosophers or elders within the community. Students no longer sit in small groups eagerly awaiting wisdom to be passed down. Many children are forced into a non-nurturing system that no longer applies to this current generation.
Education is a life long journey which begins in the womb. Before when we have even taken our first breath we can hear. It has been proven that as babies we can hear and sense emotions in the womb and will respond to the sound of a voice. If expected parents knew and understood this they would be a little more selective about their choice of conversations with people.
Once children begin their academic journey, this is not the time for parents to suddenly hand over the complete education of their child to school teachers. This means schools should not provide breakfast, school teachers should not be teaching sex education, cyber bullying, respect, stress management or even how to budget. These are not academic subjects. Because the fundamental basics are not being taught or modelled within the family environment (for some, not all), this places unrealistic pressure upon teachers to be both parent and teacher within the school environment.
Can this current thinking change?
The answer is yes. This will mean substantial environmental changes within the home, the greater community and school. Be positive role models within the home, provide guidance, boundaries, without the need to control. Display love and respect towards each other. Educate your children about cyber safety and how important living on this earth is and to respect that. If you provide your children with technology, teach them how to use it wisely, technology is a tool not a babysitter. Teach your children about respect and how to have good relationships with themselves and others, reducing the need for discipline in schools. Teach sex education in the privacy of your home. If you can happily conceive a child, then you can talk about it. Provide your children with a good breakfast, do not leave it to others to decide what your child is going to eat. Return to being more than just a positive force, create boundaries, say ‘no’ and be ok with it. These children need boundaries more than ever.
Academic education can then move forward to where it should be, in the now. It makes way for the introduction of new subjects that are engaging, and allowing for creative forward thinking for young minds. Inspire young minds to look beyond themselves to future technologies and how best to serve the planet. This cultivation will bring balance into the classroom learning, creating classrooms that are fluid, stimulating (and uncluttered).
The training of student teachers would benefit from limited university class time to extended ongoing training within the classroom. This would separate the teachers who want to teach, from those who just teach what’s required.
Today’s generation of children are different. Different in a very positive way and they will force change where change is needed.