Going a bit rouge today and it stems from something that I read recently on how school should be changed.
And I like the idea so I’m going to run with it.
Some ideas are pretty common sense, some that I read in the article that I’ll share below actually make sense too, so I’ll give them a run too.
But at the end of the day, the whole point of this is to make a change to the way things are done at school for our kids.
Cause we both know that school isn’t for every kid.
And it really only rewards kids who have good memory retention to parrot back whatever they’re taught without really knowing whether they’ve actually absorbed the lessons.
I couldn’t remember half the stuff I was taught cause most of it had no real world practical use.
Now, obviously things like reading and writing and basic maths is a given.
That’s covered in early primary school years.
But when was the last time you used algebra and Pythagorus Theorem in everyday life?
Unless you’re a rocket scientist chances are never.
The other thing I’d like to see introduced is a daily exercise component.
Starting at kindergarten and working right through to year 12.
In high school they can choose their activity based on their interests, but in primary school they should be exposed to a bit of everything from sports to running and just playing games.
An hour a day structured should be a given for mine.
Then getting on the slightly controversial side, I’d introduce in high school a life skills subject.
Simple things like explaining debt and credit cards.
You might say ‘well that’s the parents job’ but considering how high the debt is in the average Australian household (outside of a mortgage) the parents are probably the last people who should be teaching kids this.
And maybe things would be better if they had of got some basic financial and debt management in high school.
One of the best things I did years ago was clear my credit card debt.
It wasn’t huge, but it was there.
And paying off that card each month is a must do for me now.
That’s one thing I want to pass onto my kids.
You can’t live beyond your means.
Which by the way is a great point for training and lifestyle too – you can’t out-train a bad diet and still expect to get results.
Now, onto the ideas that I read that I liked there were two.
The first was getting kids outside to learn.
Obviously this would be weather dependant but the thinking here is it would help kids with ADHD focus better being outside after being exposed to green space.
Whether this is a fact or just a thought, I don’t know.
But I like the idea of it.
And to be honest, in the current global climate, where exposure to COVID is higher indoors, it probably makes sense too for that reason.
And of course, the exposure to vitamin d for kids is a winner too.
The other thing I liked was the idea of a walking classroom so it follows on from the first point.
This goes back to the days of Socrates doing walking lectures.
Physical flow promotes cognitive blood flow so it can only be a good thing.
Finally, the final thing I’d do is make a no homework rule for kids in primary school.
I’d rather see it compulsory for kids to read a book a night and a reward for when they meet a certain criteria.
That’s just my two cents anyway and just thinking out loud.
What do you think?
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