4 Core Aims of Your Child’s Education
Everyone seems to intuitively sense that it’s important that their child receives an education, but few seldom stop to think about why it’s so essential, or what the long-term aims of the education are. Whether your child is homeschooled or in a traditional education system, they’re going to benefit in ways that aren’t always instantly obvious. Below, we take a look at five of the primary aims of what usually amounts to around a decade and a half of education.
Passing on the Knowledge
We are just standing on the shoulders of giants. While it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the smartest generation, we’re only able to know as much as we do because generations before us asked questions, learned for themselves, and then shared their insights with the world. As an educator, your job is to pass on the key findings of the people before you. This has multiple aims. For starters, it gives the child the basics they’ll need (say, simple arithmetic) to make it in today’s ever more demanding world. It also places their journey within the wider educational field. They’re learning things that were first discovered thousands of years ago, cool!
Encourage New Thinking
Of course, there’s little point in just teaching a person some facts and figures. They may be able to recite them, but that’ll only be showing their memory skills – not their intelligence. As such, a big part of education isn’t WHAT they learn, but discovering HOW to learn. If they’re able to think critically, understand what’s being said without necessarily taking all the information as fact, then there’ll be on the right path towards becoming an intelligent person. We’re not just reciting the findings of the people before us; we’re trying to find ways to add to the knowledge bank!
How to Coexist
Out in the wider world, knowledge is of course power, but perhaps what’s even more important is knowing how to coexist with other people. After all, that’s mostly what life is about! Through their education, children need to learn how to resolve conflicts, become leaders, and how they can make a positive impact on the world. If you’re not sure how to teach those skills, read more about TEAMology here, and learn methods for giving your child these useful tools for social coexistence. If people can work together well, there are no limits to what can be achieved.
Finding Their Passion
Your child isn’t going to be in education forever. They’re going to go out into the wider world, get a job, and contribute. But what will that version of their life look like? That’s up to education to decide. Through their schooling, they’ll have the option to try new things, learn about themselves, and think about what they want to do with their life. Even if they don’t necessarily find their core passion, they’ll at least be guided in the right direction.
Taken all together, these aims work to create a brighter future, for your child, and for the world.