Lately I’ve been contemplating schooling and how we’re raising kids these days. I remember years of history and math lessons, and with a few very infrequent clients, I can’t say I do much with either topic, certainly not at the level that we were taught in school. I was talking with a mother the other day who was saying she can’t handle the homework the kids are bringing home, and her kids aren’t even in high school yet, and I often cringe when I hear about some of the homework kids are doing because it’s far above my knowledge, or at least not anything I remember or put into practice today.
Are we teaching kids what we really need to in school these days? Is homework the best practice? Are teachers really sensitive to the amount of time homework takes and how many additional hours of schooling that adds to the day? Are we really preparing them for what comes after school and are we truly giving them a well-rounded education? I know that a big challenge is the internet and how much information is available there and figuring out what should really be in our brains and what we can just look up when we need to. But let’s face it, when it comes to homework most kids aren’t going home to a teacher who can really help them if they’re struggling with the lesson, and it’s not fair to the kids or parents to be in that situation at least weekly.
School is a topic that I come back to frequently, because it’s the foundation of how we’re raising kids today, and if we want something to look different when the kids turn into adults, we need to revisit and revise how we’re raising them so they have options on living, including differently. I’m not suggesting all of school as we know it is a waste, just that with cell phones in many kids’ pockets, it’s time to reevaluate what we’re teaching them, why we’re teaching it and how. While we’re having the conversation we should also be talking about time for kids to be kids and use their imaginations, something that we don’t often have time left over for them to do, or don’t force the issue because technology is easier.
So as we enter this new year, what are your thoughts on the current education system? Are we doing right by our kids? What needs to change or improve the most in your opinion?