From curiosity to compliance

It occurred to me the other day that before toddlers start school they are endlessly playful, curious, their hands into all sorts of things and a ceaseless list of ‘why’ questions.

Good parenting involves interacting with such children in a progressive problem shifting manner. The result is children filled with a sense of positive self-efficacy.

What happens to all this when they start school? Some realize quickly that they must learn to listen and comply with others’ questions and conform to others’ rituals. Some only realize with great difficulty.

The net result, children’s natural curiosity is in danger of being subverted and their active experimentation reduced to ‘listening (to the teacher) and learning’ or ‘reading (from the text) and learning’. Francis Bacon (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) rebelled against this, yet we’re in the 21st Century and our pedagogy still hasn’t uniformly caught up.

The situation won’t change until we adopt a research rather than repeat model of teacher education. See Hechinger Report

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