Back in the old times when public education was introduced and implemented into society, it appeared to be potent and promising strategic move towards a better society. The idea of public education was to provide basic levels of education to all the children, regardless of their sex, race or economical capacity of their families. And truth to be said, public education truly was giving impressive results for decades. Thus it was a matter taken for granted. Nobody questioned public education until recently.
Until it has become obvious that too many children are studying, but only some are learning, that parents are looking for alternative approaches to education and finally – that illiteracy rates are alarmingly growing. This brought the question about what went wrong under the spotlight and how we can fix it.
Negative feelings towards school
As it turned out, one of the biggest problems was children’s negative attitude towards schooling caused by outdated and quite boring teaching material, as well as old-fashioned methods of teaching that fail to keep up with digital era and progress of technology. Too many pure academic theories with the insufficient percent of practical assignments or dynamic classes.
All curriculums in schools require revision, refreshment, and modification according to the trends of the modern age and technology development. Furthermore, there’s this critical problem with segregation of students and lack of focusing students on the fields of their true interest and talent. The classic formal educational system has the certain criteria and assumes that all the children of the same age will meet these criteria pretty much equally during the same school year. This is plain wrong.
A solution that might be a change
The multiage classroom might be the solution. This model is based on the idea that some children develop some skills early in life while others a bit later, thus we should provide them the chance to focus on their fields of true interest and develop these talents and help them develop a bit slower other skill and absorb knowledge from other topics. Also, mixing children with different age would enable them to help each other, to join the group they feel they belong best, to develop empathy and the awareness that we all have strong and weaker aspect of our personalities.
This would probably provide terrain for growing and educating a completely better society, not only to improve the educational system and its effects. We would raise more mature children with the best ones in the certain field being boosted to develop more and invest into their talent and skills. Thus the whole population would be more rationally modeled and attracted towards learning and personal educational growth.