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Corporal Punishment does not deter bad behavior

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Corporal punishment is giving physical pain to a person who has done something wrong. The common notion is that by giving corporal punishment one can stop the wrongdoer from repeating the bad behavior, but in reality it has been often observed in kids that this form of castigation often leads to undesirable results.

Unlike adults children learn the ways of the world and its mannerisms as they grow up. During this growing period a child has to be continuously disciplined by his or her parents, elders of the house and also by the teachers. Elders often seem to confuse disciplining with corporal punishment whose most common form is slapping or spanking a child. Most parents are believer of the fact that when a child does something wrong knowingly or by mistake then hitting immediately will leave an impression on his mind which will stop him from repeating the same mistake again. But the truth is that by repeated corporal punishment a child can develop psychological conditions which might have a long term affect on his personality. The child in order to save himself from the punishment can take up the habit of lying.

Several case studies show that in the name of corporal punishment which is legally accepted in most of the countries has become similar to physical abuse which has been banned in the entire US but is still prevalent in some parts of Asia and Africa. By repeated physical tortures children usually become even more adamant and might also start hating their elders as they do not understand the reason that why doing certain things are intolerable. On the other hand disciplining without hitting would mean to first make the child understand that why certain behavior is acceptable and some are not. Teach the child some basic rules of the society and why are they to be followed. It has often been found that by giving logical reasoning to your child’s answers you can stop him from doing many wrong deeds.

Foremost it is the responsibility of the parents to teach their child to become responsible and it cannot be taught in one day. Patience is the only mantra which is of key necessity while dealing with kids. By getting continuous corporal punishments a child too picks up the habit of hitting others. Corporal punishment has no positive after effects whereas gentle disciplining will have long term healthy outcome on the innocent mind of your child.

Why is Distance Education Gaining Popularity?

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Distance education as the name implies is the method of implementing education to students who are distanced from the source of education by space or time and cannot be physically present in the classrooms. The course material for these programs are provided through DVDs, e-mails, print materials etc and the aim is to provide a comprehensive educational experience to the learners. In the recent times distance education is increasingly gaining popularity all over the world. The reason for this is that it is a very convenient mode of study.

The chief advantage of distance education is that you can study at your own pace and take your own time. You can balance your studies alongside other activities. This also saves you from the daily grind of commuting. For people who have to work and yet wish to pursue higher studies this is the ideal method. Distance education also caters to the needs of parents with kids who find it almost impossible to attend regular classes. Moreover with the seats to professional courses in regular colleges being limited barely a few people can get through.

Distance education gives you the opportunity to pursue the course of your choice even if you do not have the qualifying marks to get through in regular courses. There are also students who do not find the environment in a classroom very congenial. This could be because they are overcome by a sense of embarrassment when surrounded by a lot of other people or because they find it difficult to speak up or ask questions in the presence of others. Studying in their own familiar environment and being at ease with themselves give them a better opportunity to perform.

A person might want to take up their studies after being forced to give it up at some point of time under unfortunate circumstances. Such a person would naturally be older than the average college-goers. Usually such a person finds it difficult to adjust in the classroom environment. Distance education is the best instrument at his disposal.

Learning is a life-long process and often we need education to give us the knowledge, expertise and believability to effect positive changes in our lives. Distance education is not just a boon to a person’s career but it is also one of the best options for attaining knowledge.

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.

Why We Need Nationalized Tests

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Education is generally the responsibility of the state government, with the federal government only having a say in cases where it has contributed funds. If we go back to earlier times, the education system was run locally, with schools deciding on the curriculum independently. But in an effort to improve the quality and standard of education imparted to students a state level school system was established. However, in recent times a major percentage of academicians and students are stressing on the need for a nationalized testing system. To illustrate this fact, a survey found that 78% Americans have endorsed the idea of nationalized standard tests. But why do we need nationalized tests anyway?

To maintain uniformity in the curriculum structure nationwide

If we are to implement nationalized testing, we must first formulate a common nationwide curriculum which will provide the students and teachers with a definitive guideline on what the students will be tested. Though this idea seems to be a bit far fetched initially, once implemented, it will be the cornerstone for a uniform education system throughout the nation. Moreover this will go a long way in ensuring that students living in the outskirts or the villages get educated and tested on a proper curriculum that is being followed elsewhere in the country.

Nationalized test will provide a uniform way of assessing students from different parts of the country

Students after completion of their education at the state level compete for various posts of importance at the national level, thus creating a need for a system that will find the most suitable candidate for the job. As there exist diversified education systems throughout the country, nationalized tests become inevitable. For example, we may need to find out who are the students to represent the country at the International Maths Olympiad or the candidates who get to join NASA. Nationalized tests also solve the problem of comparing the grades of students from two different states as there may be major variations in marking patterns.

Nationalized tests are thus needed to provide an unbiased opinion on the quality of students, to prevent favoritism, provide transparency and make significant improvements in the education system of the country as a whole.

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Montessori Method of Learning

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If education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, then the method to bring out that perfection is extremely significant. It is this method that Dr. Maria Montessori had developed way back in the early 20th century. Popularly known as the Montessori method of teaching all across the globe, it primarily deals with self-motivation and auto education of a child.

Unlike other forms of imparting education that intend to instruct and teach a child, the Montessori method is based on the belief that a child will gain knowledge naturally if placed in an environment having the proper materials. These materials, consisting of “learning games” suited to a child’s aptitude and interests, are arranged by a teacher-observer who mediates only when individual help is needed.

Experts and educationists are all praise for the Montessori method. They observe that it helps a child in cultivating social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools. Evaluating the Montessori method versus the conventional mode of education, it has been observed by noted scholars that the Montessori method is more suited to what psychological research divulges about human development.

Montessori method is seen as a system aimed at the growth of a child’s cognitive or rational faculty. Hence it is interpreted as a way of progressive education that aims at developing motor abilities along with sensory and intellectual skills of a child.

The Montessori method runs on the philosophy that a child develops and thinks differently from adults. Children are not just “adults in small bodies”. The method brings into consideration children’s rights, their growing into responsible adults and leading to world peace. Contrary to traditional methods, “We instill a desire to learn and provide things to feed that desire,” says Fosca White, Director of the Montessori Academy of Chicago, Illinois.

The Montessori method is greatly a hands-on approach to learning. It creates a child-centric environment that promotes individualized learning through exploration, discovery and creativity under the supervision of a well-trained teacher. The underlying philosophy, as stated by Dr. Montessori herself, “Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success,” is what makes it a better way of learning on any given day.

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Bilingual Education Limits Children’s English!

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Bilingual education refers to the method of teaching most subjects in school through the medium of two languages. In the United States the bilingual program was introduced around 30 years ago and involves instructing students through English and another minority language. The idea was to open the doors of knowledge to children who belonged to a minority language group and were not proficient in English. However, more recently the bilingual education sparked off many controversies.

The most pertinent argument against the bilingual education is that it limits children’s English. When a child is instructed through two different languages on various subjects not only does his learning of the English language remain incomplete but his overall academic progress is stunted. Many parents and English language learners have voiced their concern on the matter. The bilingual education program is detrimental for the children because it leads to insufficient mastery of the English language.

In fact it has been seen over the years that a huge percentage of kids who are instructed in the bilingual mode pass out of school without having acquired a thorough knowledge or command over the English language. They find is extremely difficult to make a switch from their native language to English when they enroll for higher studies. This is indeed a grave academic issue in a nation where the national language is English. The students have to take their test in English to progress academically and for gaining admission to colleges. Hence not being proficient in the English language hinders academic progress for a student.

In support of these claims it can be cited that a strict enforcement of Proposition 227, which required English-only education resulted in an increase in test scores for the English language learners in California. The opponents of the bilingual education also claim that a nation needs a common language as much as it needs a common currency. A scholar Seymour Lipset has said that “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate point to histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy.”

So learning the English language is undoubtedly a necessary step in assimilating to the American culture. Since the bilingual education is an obstacle in the way of acquiring proficiency in English, it should be done away with.

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