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Through the Education Lens

Too Young to Research. Yeah, Right.

CJ Westerberg, September 4, 2013 7:58 AM

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Adults have more often than not,
put more pressure on kindergartners
to hit certain academic learning benchmarks
(in lieu of lessons in play)
while simultaneously lessening adolescent opportunities
for meaningful adult connections, 
employment/volunteer activity and
real-world constructive
yet caring feedback.

-C.J. Westerberg


"We Are Not Too Young To Research"

Watch: Two-Minute Video Below via BEST

by C.J. Westerberg

This two-minute video below hit home on several levels.  While our national educational and economic conversation is talking about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as a priority, at the same time budgets for Science Lab in schools are being cut.  Will memorizing the elements table for Chemistry class will be the catalyst for students to continue science learning in higher education or become the magical motivation to learn?  Are we making science as boring and far removed from any purpose?  

Another take-away from this video is how we as a culture have been bombarded with "fear for our children" where both parents and schools have inadvertently created a new set of problems.   Adults have more often than not put more pressure on kindergartners to hit certain academic learning benchmarks (in lieu of lessons in play), while simultaneously lessening adolescent opportunities for meaningful adult connections,  employment/volunteer activity and  real-world constructive yet caring feedback. Go figure. 

One book in full attack on this issue is "Escaping the Endless Adolescence" by Joseph Allen and Caludia Worrell Allen:

"There's been a gradual, insidious change occurring in the very nature of adolescence over the past several generations - a change that has been stripping this period of meaningful work and of exposure to adult challenges and rewards, and undermining our teens' development in the process.   . . . "

Probably the most widely-known book in this arena was written by "America's Worst Mom"*,  Lenore Skenazy, "Free-Range Kids:  How To Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)."

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