The Purpose of Education
The purpose of education is
to develop the brain. This is best done while young - the younger the
better. In language learning circles it is said that the brain's most active
learning period is when learning the first language. Bilingual children
generally turn out smarter than monolingual and the belief is that they
should ideally learn their second language when very young to attain
fluency. It is an established fact that it is harder to learn a second
language when older, even past the young age of eight. Naturally, this is
likely true for all learning; therefore, the younger the start, the better
is education? Throughout a child's schooling (best started at home) the
brain should be presented with multitudes of tasks, at slight yet increasing
increments of difficulty. Once achieved, the child moves on, ever forwards.
The parent/teacher role is to manage this process. However, most children
are force-fed education. This is fine and can work out well for many, but
the child that 'wakes up' and becomes 'self-aware' is the one who will begin
to feed themselves and really move ahead. Thus, the primary role of the
parent/teacher should be to try to encourage this. In the majority of cases,
it just will not work out but if successful, the reward will be a rosy
future for that child.
Children that resist
education, and there are many, will not have a bright future. A lot of
parent/teacher time is spent on trying to 'redirect' this group and the
result is often failure. Lazy/resistant students have nothing but excuses:
School is boring / Math is hard / I don't need history / I can already
read / Woodwork is dirty / There is little choice / There is no future in my
neighbourhood, and so on. To counter this negativity, students need to
be made aware that education is to develop their brain, and that every brain
can indeed be developed. Students need to be motivated to learn.
The Intelligence Quotient
IQ is genetic
- mostly. It can't really be tested until a child is old enough to be
tested. If you teach your child basic reading and writing as soon as they
are able, some from age 1.5 or 2, and talk to them intelligently - not ¡®ga
ga ga¡¯, and have them listen to intelligent music, it will influence their
score. I am not saying their natural IQ has increased, but when your child
comes to take that test, s/he will fare better for sure. Children go to
school these days knowing nothing, some can barely speak because their
parents don't speak to them much. Has it really affected their IQ - the
rhetorical - well, you can argue about that all day - but such a child is
going to have a very good start on life. It is true that someone of
lower IQ (90) who works hard can outperform someone of average IQ (100). But
he must work hard. Someone of high IQ (115) who is lazy, who fails to
develop himself, can likewise be beaten to the mark by someone of lower IQ.
Our real task
is to develop our children's brains while young to their maximum potential
so that they can harvest and live of the fruit for the rest of their lives.
The real trick is - to develop this by the self; having a good teacher will
only take them halfway there. If the child doesn't latch onto it and go for
it, there is only so much that outside influence can achieve. The reality is
that the vast majority of children do not do this, therefore, if you can get
a child to so, they are already way ahead of the crowd.
Think - which is better?
Give them a fish or teach them to fish?
The purpose of this programme is to give children
the chance to go for and achieve real skill(s) at something they choose over
a long period of time = Educational Excellence! Once they have
skill(s) they will gain confidence and be positive. Through that positivity,
they can be taught anything, and they will begin to teach themselves. IQ
becomes less relevant for children who begin to learn for themselves. The
children who begin to direct their own outcomes in school will have a
prosperous future in society.