Whenever you open any school’s website. You see use of fancy words like:
- Creative thinking
- Problem solving skills
- Learner centric
- Self learning
- Critical learning
- Practical learning
- Life skills training
- Social and emotional skills
In my experience, these are fancy words that have very little spread ahead of the brochures, speeches and discussions.
How exactly do they implement these? Is there a way to track how a child is faring in these aspects?
In my experience, even the best of schools, these “features” are more or less nice decorations that are limited to the content. A nice use of fancy language.
Most schools do not allow CREATIVE thinking,
but expect children to replicate. classrooms are designed to standardize and every child has to work as per SINGLE set of instruction. Creativity by definition means original thought that is indepdendent , new and not a copy.
School systems do not develop problem solving skills
To learn problem solving skills children have to work on a project unmonitored and minimal intervention. Most teachers and classrooms, instructors, guides give children the answer. Tell them the solution or what is right.
but in the process, the children MISS the process of learning how to FACE problems and FIND answers themselves.
Result? A child who has no skill in finding solutions. Here we have swarm of generation that is looking for “solutions” in textbooks, google but not “thinking” toying
In order to be any learner centric environment. A learner should get indepdence to choose WHAT they want to learn, HOW they want to learn, WHEN they want to learn.
If YOU tell a child WHAT to learn, WHEN to learn, HOW to learn. THAT IS NOT LEARNER CENTRIC. Most schools cannot afford to follow an independent learner centric model. Because they have to comply with the board and regulations. OR show parents how much WORK is done.