Take a moment and think about what the word "education" means. What does it mean to you? Does the word mean going to school every day? Does it mean gaining knowledge taught by teachers at school? Or does it mean learning in general?
The definition from Merriam-Webster is as the following:
1. The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
2. The knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
3. A field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching
To me, education means someone learns how to think effectively, logically, and critically. Just as what Dr. Martin Luther King detailed out," Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." In-school education or not, the goal should be cultivating young people to be incisive thinkers and to gain knowledge through experience, good or bad. Therefore we must teach all aspects of life to children including music, art, behaviors, and social living. Nowadays, our education has skewed to only focus on academic achievement. We have neglected what all other things that kids need to grow. Plants can't grow just with water, it needs carbon-dioxide, sunlight, and other nutrients. By the same token, kids can't develop properly if they only receive academic stimulus. They also need everything else.
"If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts." Dr. Martin Luther King said. Let's be careful, let's work with kids and make sure they are learning all what they need to learn.
所謂的「教育」到底是什麼? 是每天去學校上學? 還是在學校吸收老師傳授的知識? 又或者，只是學習的一種統稱? 韋氏字典對「教育」的定義為:
Author: Jenny Wilkins
Chinese Translator: Kai Peng
After watching this TED Talk several times, it is my belief that Education is about differential instructions. Every child is different. I have two children and they are very different in their personalities, behaviors, and thoughts. If our mainstream education is about to educate them all the same, we are in deep trouble.
Sir Ken Robinson was right on when he spoke about ADHD, it’s really about kids who are being kids but are forced to sit properly and learn hours on end. Although ADHD is real, many children are mis-diagnosed however. A lot of them couldn’t sit still and they are not ADHD, they are just being children. Another thing that really got me to think is if we describe a teacher who is teaching, but his/her students are not learning, then, the teaching is pointless. If we only focus on the subjects that are being tested such as STEM, then, we are not teaching kids broad enough skills. We are doing them a disservice.
When we look at the countries that are having high performing education system, you can quickly find out that they utilize individualized teaching and learning methodology. They made sure that their children are learning skills and knowledge across the spectrum and not to be taught just for testing purposes.
With Owen and Ella being homeschooled, one of my main goal is to make sure they are exposed to skills that are across the board. I want them to go out in the forest to learn how to shoot an arrow, how to cook, how to interact with other adults and kids on top of all the academic subjects that they need to know. People might think how you would have time for all this! Well, that’s the beauty of homeschooling, when the pressure of tests are out of the way, kids can use the time more efficiently and gain more knowledge. I often feel that life skills are a lot more important than academic skills. People often ask me about how I know that my children are up to the “grade level” or keep up with the same age kids. The answer is on some subjects, they are behind and on some subjects they are way ahead. As long as they are learning new information every day, it does not matter how “fast” or “slow” they are learning. It’s about they are enthusiastic about learning. This is the way to cultivate a life-long learner.
When I started homeschooling, I have doubted myself many times and was scared that I wasn’t doing it right and I wasn’t giving Owen and Ella enough material. But gradually, I saw them learning better, happier, engaged, and started to obtain a lot more life skills, that was the affirmation I need to know homeschooling was a right choice for them!
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