Almost everyone – if not everyone – involved in education has known that there exists deep and systemic problems in schooling in it’s current form. The problem lies not in the students; they’re not more or less motivated than they have been in generations gone past. The problem is definitely not in the bulk of the teachers; indeed many give up far more lucrative careers because of the importance they attach on adding value to the next generation of human beings to support society and be it’s primary contributors, under their careful eyes.
While it is a little glib to simply blame the system, and throw our hands up collectively and resign our children to the same fate that many of their parents suffered: feeling like they weren’t quite fitting in at school, and suffering from a general lack of enthusiasm and engagement in the regimented school day, with the drab promise of a well paying job in another dull environment ahead. A little glib, without providing a viable alternative to those who are aware of the problem of mass education.
Realistically, most parents won’t be inclined to abandoned traditional schooling due to one fact above all: what is the alternative? At Intuition, we have a variety of approaches to be part of the solution rather stopping at pointing out the by now well known problems. For those already home schooling, our support classes offers a practical way of rounding your children’s education, while providing them the necessary structure to ensure that the requirements of the national curriculum are met. For children who are remaining in school, our tuition services will allow them to grow and get the support that is vital for both their development as individuals as well as their attainment in traditional learning. For those who may not have the financial ability to augment their children’s education with private support, or those who simply don’t have access to an educational centre with our holistic ethos, we offer the following suggestions: talk to your child about their interests, engage with their teacher’s at school to see where their strengths lie. For older children who are reading who wish to develop themselves, why not try your hand at some online learning in an area you wouldn’t consider: say an introductory programming class if you are artistically inclined or a creative writing class if your strength is in the hard sciences and mathematics.
Ultimately, having as broad an exposure to as many different disciplines and fields of learning while ensuring that grades are kept up will only help create more engaged, positive, and ultimately happy pupils, which even those who may not see the problem as severe as we do would surely agree, can only be a good thing.