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誰把孩子教笨了? 被綁架的教育! 讚聲大國民 節目

Submitted by Jenny on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:14

誰把孩子教笨了? 被綁架的教育! 讚聲大國民 節目

上週四,Owen and Ella的媽媽有機會在 讚聲大國民 節目裡跟大家分享一些教育理念,談了許多考試對孩子的影響已以及Owen and Ella 在家自學的情況,有興趣的可以撥些時間來看一下喔!

 

 

 

 

 

 

201412期 框架外的教育月刊 Homeschooling Monthly Letter

Submitted by Jenny on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:51

在家自學的月刊出來囉!取名為【框架外的教育】的多語言月刊在今天出了第一期,在這裡收錄了需多自學孩子們的作品及家長、老師的話,還有自學教父對新法令的解析,請大家多多參考! 框架外的教育月刊 - Homeschooling Monthly Newsletter

Low tech or high tech? That's the question!

Submitted by Jenny on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:48

There is an article circulating around on Facebook about how Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. It talked about how Steve Jobs limited how much technology gadgets his kids use at home. The idea is not foreign to me and with so many people who cannot put their gadgets and smartphones down (I believe the “official” term is phubbers”), I am not surprised a lot of people, especially parents, who would opt to limit or even to eliminate gadget use.

But, here is the catch, with advanced technology today, it also comes different forms of learning. Without these gadgets, learning computer programming would not be possible. My son loves to listen to audio books when he is in transit going places (even though he also loves reading actual books, I do not let him to do so since it is not good for his eyes), and having “Harry Potter” on his phone works great! Since we are a home school family, we use “Khan Academy” for Math learning and DuoLingo for Spanish review instead of buying textbooks (for expats, you would understand how hard it is to get American textbooks to other countries, not to mention the costly textbooks as well as the shipping cost). Moreover, since my husband and I both are computer science graduates, my son and daughter get to learn computer programming using Scratch and Lego Mindstorm. Also, they use their phone as his alarms for various activities that he needs to get to. In our spare time, besides many outdoor activities, we share funny posts and videos online with each other. You see, technology and gadgets are embedded in our families’ lives and as a family, we thoroughly enjoy it.

If there is one thing I have learned about parenting, it’s the more you tell your kids no, the more they want to do it and more likely they will go to the extreme. Why not give them the flexibility and freedom and show them when and how they can use the gadgets and devices the correct way? But, on the other hand, technology is not the answer to all learning either. When technology is not used properly, it can have harmful and adverse effects on children, ie., eye sight problems, un-filtered online content, and other health issues. Besides these health effects, I also believe that kids should not just learn from one media. They should learn from multiple sources; go out and enjoy physical activities and nature; travel and see things books talk about or they read about on internet. When the learning motivation is coming from within, kids can learn anything and anywhere.

I strongly believe technology is just a tool to aid and reinforce learning, to peak curiosity, and to spark creativity. There should not be a right or wrong answer to using technology and gadgets. The more prudent question is how you use it and how children are exposed to them. Every kid learns differently. And I would argue that what works in my family may not work for everyone. Every parent and teacher should find what “sticks” with every child. Every kid learns differently and only with differentiated instruction and individualized learning program can really help kids learn.

As an educator and a mother, I have learned from my students and my children that learning cannot be force fed. They must take it willingly.

What is "Education"?

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:45

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:
1. 一個教學培育的行為或過程,通常在學校、學院或大學中進行
2. 在學校、學院或大學所獲取的知識、技巧和理解能力
3. 一個關於教學方法和教學問題的研究領域

對我來說,教育是指一個人學習如何分辨事物邏輯、衡量正反因素、並從而做出客觀理性分析的過程。就像美國民權運動領袖馬丁路德金恩博士所說的: 「智慧加上品格才是教育真正的目標,完整的教育不僅要讓學生專注,還要讓學生專注地學習他們覺得值得去學的東西。」無論教育是否在學校進行,教學的目標都應該是讓孩子去體驗生活的好與壞,進而從中培養思考的能力。因此,我們應該讓孩子去學習音樂、美術、操行品德和社交能力,而不是只去學習國、英、數、自、社等學業科目。現今的教育太過重視於主科而忽略了其他藝能科目和生活技巧,使得孩子們沒辦法均衡地學到生活的每一個層面。植物成長需要的不只是水分,它還需要二氧化碳、陽光和養分等其他要件。相對的,孩子的成長需要的也不只是學業科目,他們也需要其他層面的知識、技巧和經驗。

「如果我們不再小心,我們的教育將培養出一群缺乏思想、沒有邏輯和判斷能力的鼓吹者,讓社會充斥著一種不道德。」馬丁路德博士說道。所以,讓我們一起和孩子面對問題、確保孩子學到他們應該學的。

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