Friday, January 6, 2012

5 Things Formal Academic Learning will not do by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

5 Things Formal Academic Learning will not do by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Generally, when the school waters are calm, many give little thought as to what occurs within our schools. Traditionally and even now, for many Parents, school involvement ends at the front door and that which does occur takes place through parent-school conferences and/or Parent volunteers of school related organizations or endeavors.
To reiterate, times have changed and so have both our schools and education. Parents, become involved in your child’s education and if the child attends a learning institution, that institution as well.
However, there are some crucial things formal academic learning will not do or provide and which begs the question- how can you assist your child and prepare him/her for the future if you do not know which needs have not being provided?
Let me briefly share 5 Things Formal Academic Learning will not do:

1.       Formal academic learning for the most part is preparatory learning; it provides a foundation for learning. It does not meet all the student’s needs; yet most expect it to, resulting in false expectations.

2.       Formal academic learning is geared and structured to encompass society’s next big industry; it does not focus on students’ individual talents, skills and abilities or how the totality of such fits the big picture or even the next big industry?

3.       Society’s future is shifting more and more to individualism and individual needs; but for the most part formal academic learning conditions students to conform and perform as a unit and not as individuals. It does not promote individual thinkers or thinking.  

4.       Formal academic learning concentrates mainly on inadequacies, failings, and the inferior.  It does not capitalize on students’ latent talents and skills at an early age.

5.       Formal academic learning cannot substitute or compensate for those things of which a loving caring Parent can provide and/or teach his/her child.

Parents, you work hard to provide for the needs of your children and even though formal academic learning is essential, to assist your child with growing and maturing into a whole and well-balanced individual, consider getting involved in your child’s education and with his/her learning institution at an early age. Discover ways and find opportunities to provide those needs which formal academic learning cannot and/or do not provide your child.

Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Founder
Parents Taking Charge in Education

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