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The New School

October 15, 2015 1 comment

You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

(This is a post which I wrote about 2 years ago and is revisited today in the daily prompt)

I have observed how children learn the most through play. Structured, organised clasroom settings defeat the purpose of learning. A natural, outdoor setting is the best for learning. Why do we have to show pictures of snails, flowers, the sun and the moon when we can let them see them, touch them and feel all these things outdoors?.

Colours and imagery also attract children the most. So exposure to images to emphasize and add to the knowledge gained through interaction with nature is good. Language is an important component of learning and communication is one of the important pre-requisites of growing up with confidence. But the way in which language is taught is paramount. Literature, poetry and appreciation of language and works of great writers like Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats etc is important and still relevant. Just learning english to understand grammar and answer exams is boring.

Reading is another important habit that can be inculcated. A love for good books like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton can be inculcated from a young age through setting an example. This will divert the attention of children from the scores of gadgets and videos that dissipate their enthusiasm and energy.

It is high time we revamp the age-old curricula and experiment with a new paradigm. Provide the right environment and exposure and watch the childs natural curiosity and wonder grow by leaps and bounds.

On teaching of other subjects like mathematics. Basic knowledge of such subjects is essential for our daily life. However, many of the advanced concepts of maths are learnt only for examinations and then because we never apply these concepts in daily life, we forget them altogether.

Schools must become a place where a child wants to go to .. a second home and not a four-walled prison. The fear of exams is one reason why a child does not want to attend school. Another fear is the fear of excess homework that burdens a child. Studying becomes more of a chore than a joyful, learning experience.

The school of tomorrow must along with studies focus on overall development of a child. A child should also be taught to be street-smart, speak with confidence, make bold decisions, have global knowledge, and learn the skills to be an entrepreneur. The jobs of tomorrow will require an entirely new skill set and our schools will have to start early to hone a new set of skills.  Our children of tomorrow should grow up with their unique nature confident of creating, discovering , experimenting, failing and enjoying life to the fullest!

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://61musings.com/2013/12/29/killing-creativity/
2) https://iprattle.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/the-next-generation-school/
3) https://lostguy35.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/the-new-school/
4) https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/daily-prompt-the-new-school/
5) https://sltimewellwasted.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/getting-schooled/
6) https://fictionalismtoday.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/learn-your-place/
7)
https://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/epistemology/
8) https://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/basics/
9) http://kevindeisher.com/2013/12/29/239-new-school/
10) https://not4faintheartsblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/the-schoolyard/

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If I had a hammer!

April 10, 2015 2 comments

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?

Being a handyman can prove to be a real blessing!.  We do not need to raise our hands and shout for help everytime there is a small repair work at home.  Being an engineer, I love to tinker with stuff and try to repair stuff.  I have built my own amplifier system at home.  Ofcourse, I am not always successful and sometimes after all the effort, I have had to raise my hands and call the repair man.  But, most of the time, I will give it my best shot.

So if there is a blocked sink in the kitchen, there is a fan to be installed, some drilling to fix a showpiece,  cleaning the airconditioner,  replacing a tap, assembling furniture from Ikea or fixing a computer – I will try to check out if I have all the right tools before I set out on my mission.

DIY is interesting! Trying out these odd jobs has always proved to be a blessing for me as it has saved me a lot of hassle of trying to contact the plumber, electrician or a handyman!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/ode-to-bob-villa/
2) https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/skill-set/
3) https://alkagirdhar.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/diy-leaky-showers/
4) https://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/daily-prompt-if-i-had-a-hammer/
5) http://karenmesa.com/2014/04/25/friday-five-trades-i-would-love-to-learn/
6) http://thehalfandhalfblog.com/2014/04/25/teach-me-how-to-do-anything/
7) https://jaynesdailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/if-i-had-a-hammer/
8) https://ivymosquito.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/makin-it-on-my-own/
9) https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/daily-prompt-learning-a-trade-having-a-skill/
10) https://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/skills/

The New School

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us SKILLED.

I have observed how children learn the most through play. Structured, organised clasroom settings defeat the purpose of learning. A natural, outdoor setting is the best for learning. Why do we have to show pictures of snails, flowers, the sun and the moon when we can let them see them, touch them and feel all these things outdoors?.

Colours and imagery also attract children the most. So exposure to images to emphasize and add to the knowledge gained through interaction with nature is good. Language is an important component of learning and communication is one of the important pre-requisites of growing up with confidence. But the way in which language is taught is paramount. Literature, poetry and appreciation of language
and works of great writers like Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats etc is important and still relevant. Just learning english to understand grammar and answer exams is boring.

Reading is another important habit that can be inculcated. A love for good books like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton can be inculcated from a young age through setting an example. This will divert the attention of children from the scores of gadgets and videos that dissipate their enthusiasm and energy.

It is high time we revamp the age-old curricula and experiment with a new paradigm. Provide the right environment and exposure and watch the childs natural curiosity and wonder grow by leaps and bounds.

On teaching of other subjects like mathematics. Basic knowledge of such subjects is essential for our daily life. However, many of the advanced concepts of maths are learnt only for examinations and then because we never apply these concepts in daily life, we forget them altogether.

Schools must become a place where a child wants to go to .. a second home and not a four-walled prison. The fear of exams is one reason why a child does not want to attend school. Another fear is the fear of excess homework that burdens a child. Studying becomes more of a chore than a joyful, learning experience.

The school of tomorrow must along with studies focus on overall development of a child. A child should also be taught to be street-smart, speak with confidence, make bold decisions, have global knowledge, and learn the skills to be an entrepreneur. The jobs of tomorrow will require an entirely new skill set and our schools will have to start early to hone a new set of skills.  Our children of tomorrow should grow up with their unique nature confident of creating, discovering , experimenting, failing and enjoying life to the fullest!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://lostguy35.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/the-new-school/
2) http://myplaynook.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/getting-back-to-the-root/
3
http://eklektikadefiance.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/that-one-thing-i-wish-to-be-taught-to-children-particularly-in-the-philippines/
4
http://cogitoergomum.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/how-to-raise-anughty-children-and-why-all-good-parents-should/
5) http://kickingon.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/the-new-school-inspired-by-the-daily-prompt/
6) http://vincentestewart.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/daily-prompt-the-new-school-old-school-new-school/
7) http://josephrathjen.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/the-new-school-called-reality-horizons/
8) http://insteadofapen.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/the-school-of-practicality/
9) http://differentisntwrongitsjustdifferent.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/daily-prompt-skilled/
10) http://dederants.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/daily-prompt-new-school/

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