Would you force
a child to wear shoes that don’t fit? Then why force an education that
what is happening to hundreds of thousands of school children every day. Those
in private schools or homeschooling programs are not automatically better off.
As long as children are forced to use a traditional textbook/workbook
curriculum without any concern for their learning styles, they might as well be
wearing shoes that are too tight, or so loose that they trip over them.
that doesn’t fit is as painful, or perhaps even more painful, than ill-fitting
shoes–after all, an ill-fitting education can scar a child for life.
Far too many pay
a very high price in our one-size-fits-all education and testing system. Yet
there is a very simple answer and the powers to be are not listening. Children
learn differently–what works for some does not work for others. This is not
rocket science! How long will it be before educators recognize this simple
truth and act on it?
As long as we
force all kids to start reading at 4 or 5 years old, force everyone to use
textbooks and workbooks, and force all students to learn and be tested in the
same way, No Child Left Behind will never come to be. Many, many children will
continue to be left behind, along with countless adults who are not able to
reverse the damage done to them as students.
The key to learning success is simple: find out how each student learns best! A person’s learning styles are made up of their Dispositions, Modalities, Interests, Talents, and best Environment. The very best learning occurs when we coach students to discover their own unique styles of learning and encourage them to apply this information.
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