Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bored in school

Last Night I was talking to a friend and his sister is looking at homeschooling, and she was talking to a teacher about it who said, "Oh, don't teach your kids anything. They'll be bored in school."

This is in start contrast to the first grade teacher I met who said, "These kids today are not ready to learn at all. Hardly any of them know how to read. They're all bored."

School is just boring. That is the way it is. Sometimes it will be going to slow, so they'll be bored because they know it already. Sometimes it will be going too fast and they'll be bored because they don't understand what is going on. Children may be ignorant but they aren't stupid. Just because you say it is important but can't tell them why they figure that it isn't really all that important.

In public schools all subjects are taught as "the most important thing you will every learn" children panic for a while, because they don't have time to do it all, and then notice that no one ever talks about those subjects, therefore they aren't so important after all.

So what does that say about how we should teach our children? Make sure to relate the subject to its history and the real world.

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