Is School Education Enough For A Growing Child?

Watching your favourite sports event on television can be enjoyable, but seeing it live amidst the cheer and fans can be a truly encompassing experience. Though the television provides a visual of what each athlete is doing, images can’t replicate the lively feeling of watching a real-time match. The same is true in the case of learning.

A student may read about historic forts in text books or watch a video of the ocean but it won’t have the same impact as visiting the fort or a trip to an aquarium. This is especially true when it comes to learning science, innovation and creativity. These subjects can’t be taught only through text books. Experience plays a major role in teaching

Missing out on Playful Learning

Though parents send children to school with best intentions, the truth is, school education restricts freedom to a great extent. Children tend to learn naturally in a playful environment compared to what they learn in a compelling atmosphere, like the one in school. Schools were initially created to promote reading amongst children. Over centuries, everything else has evolved greatly but the basic concept of school, sadly, has remained the same.

As per research, people of all age groups learn best when they are self-motivated and pursue questions of their own. When innovation drives learning, it can be a lot more joyful and enjoyable.

Thinking Outside Classrooms

In today’s challenging times, children are forced to grow up in a society that expects expertise in everything. Gone are the days when textbooks were more than enough.The age of specialisation is here and young children can’t miss out on the opportunity to learn something new every day. As parents, it becomes important to enrol your child in various activities to widen his horizons and develop new skills. These could include dancing, painting, karate, arts, crafts, swimming, etc. Such activities help children to develop a special talent or skill that tends to get ignored in regular schools.

Promote Informal Learning

If we want our society to develop solutions in a technology-driven and rapidly changing world, we need to focus on developing workforces to do what machines can’t; to be innovators, independent and strategic thinkers and purposeful creators. And this begins by changing the way students, learn. Children are our future and they must engage in informal and enthusiastic learning if we want them to become revolutionaries in the future. Playing fosters creative thinking and gives children a chance to discover, dream, improvise and challenge conventional methods.

School education is lacking in many ways to be a comprehensive learning solution for our young children. A number of high-impact innovators are now focusing on bringing back playful learning. They are rethinking the entire process of learning and encouraging children for constructive and productive explorations (even mistakes). Games, activities and play-based learning methods serve as powerful tools for education and development for your little ones.