Watching children learn is different than watching children go to school. But sometimes it can be the same thing
The key is to ask first, how does a child learn, learn deeply, learn effectively.
Children learn through play and through exploration. They don’t learn through passive learning, they don’t learn through worksheets or memorization.
We know what works, yet — because of our own mythic beliefs, or because of bad laws and state/national policies, or because we find change hard — we often do something else.
“We too often consult our own convenience, rather than the comfort, welfare, or accommodation of our children," William Alcott wrote in 1832.
And that is still too true.
So, just saying, it is time to do better.
- Ira Socol