I really could relate to to this post. It is true and is happening, albeit on different situations, around the world.
I know what you’re doing. It’s nothing new. You think you’re distracting me, skillfully diverting the teacher’s attention away from the lesson and starting me on some tangential discussion. You think you’re somehow “winning” because we didn’t get as far as I’d planned in the lesson.
I love it. You think I haven’t seen this before? I know who you are. I know what to look for, when to indulge you, and when to steer us back on course. Don’t you understand? I want nothing more than to engage these discussions, to embrace your questions, and to revel in the spontaneity of learning!
Yes, learning. Believe it or not, this is when the “shaping lives” part of my job takes place. This is when I can talk to you about things that are real and relevant to you right now. Not that my planned lessons are irrelevant…
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The main objective of education is to relay knowledge and discover new learning. It is a process of absorbing information for immediate or future use. Informal education starts at home, when parents begin passing down a set of knowledge, skills and behaviour. A child is subjected to parental training and discipline, which parents hope will be the foundation of his overall growth.
As a child grows up, informal education transect with the formal one. Formal education starts when a child enrols in a school, where learning is institutionalized to include the general public.
Many countries have made it compulsory for a child to undergo basic education before attending additional academic training in college. Read the rest of this entry