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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Keep Sex Education in the Home! …right?

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There has been an ongoing debate on whether a child should get sex education at school or would it be better for him or her to have the required information at their own home. Some parents may not feel easy talking about sex with their children and prefer that they learn it at school. But of course it is a very good idea if parents can make their children aware of sex and its do’s and dont’s.

Although most parents ignore the importance of sex education and unfortunately let their children learn it the hard way. But a prior check and proper information on the subject help the teenagers become aware of the dangers of practicing unsafe sex and getting trouble.

Initially, it may seem a little difficult to strike up a conversation with your children but if you interact more with them and understand their problems and needs, you would be able to answer their questions easily. Sex education is definitely better off at home as every child gets more personal attention and answers to all their queries. In school, they will be taught only theories. Life is a child is full of questions and queries about unknown. Your child may not feel at ease about discussing their queries and problems with their teachers as they will feel with you.

Sex education should be given at home as children require discussing a lot of things about it. It will be impossible for a teacher to understand and answer the queries of a class full of students. It is the personal attention they need to take the right direction and not some theories to make them confident and happy. Mothers are supposed to be the best teachers when it comes to sex education but nowadays many fathers are doing a great job too.

All it takes is a little support and understanding from you to make your child confident about proper sexual behaviors.

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Censorship in the School Libraries: Banned Reading

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Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the late Potter Stewart, had once said, ‘Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.’ So, is it the society’s lack of confidence in its basic moralities that has led to the Censorship in school libraries?

The school library has now turned into a battle field of sorts with censors group and the curiosity of students to delve into diverse literature fighting each other. And curbing this desire, are many. If there are Fundamentalists, opposing abortion issues, then there are feminists protesting backdated female stereotypes. If there is African-American groups objecting to the portrayal of their race, then there are parents who simply judge ban by what trouble them individually!

Way back, in 1982, Island Trees Union Free School District No 26 had withdrawn a number of books from the library, for they feared that these books could fuel anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments. The students and their parents challenged the board’s decision. The United States Supreme Court passed a judgement, which stated only books that were ‘educationally unsuitable’ shall be removed. The point is, strangely censorship of books in libraries has crossed these limits.

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned for the ‘nigger’ word, but has it ever occurred to the supporters of the ban that Twain wanted to tell the truth of slavery in its own language. Treasure Island was another book that few censors in Ohio tried to remove it from the library shelves, reason being the book might encourage children to commit piracy. There are books like Sweet Valley, ‘Animorphs’, and the ‘Goosebumps’ series, so popular yet often damned for they lack literary merit.

Censorship has its own set of detractors, but is it not really true, that kids do at times, try to imitate their favourite literary characters? Many child psychologists do recommend that literature for young children should be based on simple concepts and in an ideal way. Censorship undoubtedly goes overboard at many times, and therefore it is important to know and understand the point to stop. Obviously we cannot stop teaching mythology for it has magic, or History for it has war, or Macbeth for it has murders!

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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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