September 24, 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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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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