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An Alternative Route To Education

Dec 18, 2007
As we are currently in the age of technology, and so many new things are cropping up in our midst when it comes to learning, it would come as no surprise that there are also other ways of dealing with a traditional approach to education. Some people want to apply a more hands-on take on educating their children with the thought of changing their strategies from that of the usual classroom settings.

Most of these concerned parents are aware that there is no single definite route to instilling ideas and basic knowledge to their kids but that alternative methods are available for them. Thus more people are interested in the process of homeschooling. This is a method of teaching that allows children to stay at home while being regularly taught with subjects that are introduced in standard schools as well, with the difference of not having to interact with other children their age on a daily basis.

Two of the most influential experts in Early Childhood Education, Ray and Dorothy Moore, conducted studies and research in the 1960s and 1970s regarding the developmental aspects of children. Education placed a high regard in these studies that they were looking for alternative ways on how to improve children's reception to learning. They concluded in one of their studies that children do not benefit much from being sent to a structured school environment at an early age, before the age of 8-12. They explained how this setup can incur physical, emotional and social strains since children are not yet equipped to constantly adjust at this point in their lives.

Better Off At Home

The Moores did not want to introduce homeschooling as something that is an academic equivalent to standard schooling but rather for it to be seen as a natural approach to knowledge-producing experiences in the daily home life. They wanted to encourage parents to invest their time in a regular interaction with their children, and be involved with them in their process of knowing basic subjects. The time they spent at home with their young ones in their formative years would greatly enhance their learning curves and would instill in them an innate confidence of support and emotional bond.

As far as teaching at home is concerned, they think that this would yield better results when it comes to emotionally and socially adjusted children. They wanted to point out that not all children who were sent off to the best schools with supposedly excellent teachers turn out to be the most highly adjusted and knowledgeable students. There are also other factors such as emotional rapport and familial support that can entirely make or break each child's motivation to learn.

Compared to schools, the home is one of the most secure environments for the child to be in on a daily basis. Thus it is a venue where the children can associate good and sound memories from. And add the learning dynamics to the equation, one could never find a much better scenario for producing a mentally and emotionally stable student.
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