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, hybrid of online and homeschooling, 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.
For example: You cannot get the one-on-one and self-paced benefit of home schooling into the public school system the way public school is currently designed and structured. Just as you can’t always get from a home schooling system the technological challenges blended with high-motion and high-socialization that you find in a more modern, technology-based public school system.
I realize this may sound pretty obvious to you, but after a year of analysis I’ve come up with a few conclusions that might help others seeking various forms of education for their children or for themselves.
- Each child is different and thus, their own personal strengths and weaknesses are satisfied in different systems; don’t fixate on just one system.
- Each child changes through time and one system that may have worked earlier on, is not necessarily the best system for them later in their education track.
- Each child has different purposes and goals for their lives. Seek the education system that will best help them achieve their own personal education goals; their interest and involvement is necessary for any system to work.
Instead, a successful education system takes a minimum of:
- A clear vision of what you think the child should be learning and at what rate.*Rate become key – how fast they can acquire skills/knowledge should dictate their ideal rate of learning and thus, what type of program you put them in.
- Constant vigilance for deviations from that original clear vision that you carefully worked out.
- A willingness to change your approach and structure to pull the child back onto your envisioned track.
- A realization that no current education system is faultless, so don’t expect perfection. Prioritize and ensure your top-ranked values are taken care of.
- An understanding that methods, systems, structures, setups can all be changed or strengthened – nothing is set in stone. But it requires a constant comparison of the child’s existing literacy compared to your earlier envisioned clear vision of your desired learning rate.
In the end, your child’s education is frankly, their education – driven by their own desires. They will get out of a system as much as they desire. The key is to increase their desire through challanges, games, tutoring, rewards, penalities, etc. But never loose sight of the sometimes painful fact that if they have no desire to really learn it, they wont.
I’ll expounded with real-life examples in later YouthMUSE blogs.