December 18, 2017

Which Education System is Best?

For the past 10 years I have ventured in and out of the various education systems: home schooling, online schooling, private schooling and most recently public schooling.

In naivety, I sought an “ideal system” of education for my now 12-year-old son; the cons of one system driving me towards the pros of another.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no single faultless and flawless education system. The strengths of one system cannot always be brought into the mix and fold of another system’s organizational structure.

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Online Schools vs. Brick and Mortar: What Does the Future Hold?

I recently heard an excellent podcast (audio recording) “Getting an Education on the Internet,” Sept 22, 2009 regarding online schools vs. traditional brick and mortar schools. Although the talk was focused on Higher Ed (college), I felt it an applicable discussion for all Education in general. …

Without a radical change to our entire capitalistic society, I don’t think K-12 teachers need to feel threatened about technology replacing them. Instead, I recommend they embrace and utilize it to make their already difficult lives a lot easier.

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The Superpower of “Activities” vs. the Evil of “Assessments” A.K.A Tests without the “T” Word

Children will tell you the problems and their brilliant solutions if you bother to survey and really listen to them. You actually have an advantage of finding the truth as they have fewer filters on their mouth. All good marketing technology has you locate your exact public, survey them for what they need and want, then package the material in such a way that it fits their needs. Marketing technology works for all fields, including Education. How to package and label (title) any action in Education is as important as the packaging and labeling a product in the business world.

The virtual K12 curriculum has made a key marketing and learning process blunder. This blunder is actually preventing full application-based learning.

This same mistake could be made in any school setting, by any educator, thus this article.

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K12: Designing a Personal Learning Plan – Learn What You Love

For individuals in the United States to compete and participate in this modern, globalized and increasingly flat world, we need innovative and creative people. We need leaders who love what they do and are damn good at it. We do not need stressed-out, over-tested, fact-fire-hosed individuals and expect them to retain their creative and innovated sparks.

Any education program has to be designed around the interests and personal goals of the child. To do otherwise is to lose their interest and self-motivation to conquer the unknown and learn the material; they need their own reason to do it. And it can’t just be “Mom says so!” If you lose their own personal desire, you only have force and authority as tools to enforce the knowledge. Any guesses what that does to creativity?

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K12 Review: Virtual and Public School Testing – Overdone

After only a few weeks of K12 Virtual School 4th Grade, it has become apparent that the technique used within the public school system is akin to fire hose training. Turn it on full blast and hope some of it sticks. To make some of it “stick” in rote memory, test and re-test constantly and continuously.

How unkind and unrefined!

I have met only enthusiastic administration and teaching staff with K12 and ORVA. These teachers want to teach! It is their passion. You gotta love that. The illogical and needlessly complicated additives stem from the testing system and curriculum, not from the staff and educators I’ve conversed with.

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Fortifying your Child’s Positive View of Education

While your child may have already adjusted to their new back-to-school routine, waking up for school each and every morning doesn’t necessarily imply that your child truly understands why they go to school in the first place (especially the younger children).

For some children, school is just seen as a dreaded and mechanical obligation more than an opportunity to enrich his or her mind. Viewing school so negatively at an early age can have serious long-term consequences—your child may begin to lose motivation at an early age, may drop of high school if given the chance, or may choose not to pursue a higher education.

Enjoy the rest of this Guest Post and her suggestions!

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