Should schools concentrate on testing, or on fostering a love of reading?
Reading standards have barely improved since the 1950s despite billions of pounds spent on trying to raise English levels in primary schools, according to a review.
Pupils feel increasingly stressed about school tests and are losing their love for books, researchers for the Primary Review project found.
But schools ministers dispute the findings, which form part of the largest review of primary education for forty years and say primary standards were at their highest levels. (BBC)
Home is the place where schooling begins. Kids love to imitate their first role-models: their parents.
A sense of humor can only make the kids engaged in their studies.
Most of all, respecting each child as an individual creates the necessary trust in teacher which is most essential if to get attention from students.
Besides, stuffing students’ mind with never-ending-homeworks and the ‘High Expectation’ from a very early age only make them worried all the time; sometimes leading to anxiety and depression.
Kids, especially, learn better when nature itself teaches its lessons. They should be allowed to take their adventures.
Teaching, like all things beautiful things in life, is more an art than only theories and information.
And, as the saying goes, what persuades people of all age to do impossible is, again, LOVE.
One Response to “How should we teach children to read?”
Michael B. Dycus, Ph.D, on November 10th, 2007 at 11:12 pm Said:
I agree with you whole-heartedly on your take on this subject.
In my opinion, you are 100% correct!
Thanks for this highly insightful post!