The trouble with growing up in a “follow the rules” environment is that one never learns to critically evaluate what one hears. The world is all too familiar with what can happen when grown or almost-grown children, always told “this is the way to behave/think,” meet a larger world with different values. From one stem of that situation sprout the rebels who reject every positive concept their parents tried to instill in them; from another, the crowd that stubbornly ignores (and sometimes violently opposes) all evidence that their ingrained ideas are anything but flawless.
If we want to rear an effective next generation, it pays to help our children learn critical-thinking and decision-making early on—yes, even at the price of their occasionally proving us wrong.
Note to Teachers
Especially if you work in a diverse district, you may face the challenge of kids interrupting you or classmates with “my mom/grandpa/Sunday school teacher says this is always right/wrong.” Classroom rules, established and visibly posted early in each new semester, should include:
Be sure to follow these rules yourself when interacting with students. And remember, the most important lesson you teach may be: the value of a conclusion is not measured by the number of people who can be immediately convinced to agree.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Effective education means more than high scores on standardized tests. It means influencing children to develop their unique individual skills, practice effective decision-making, and grow confidence to become effective contributing members of society. Often, a private school has greater freedom than a public one to emphasize those values.
At Shady Oak Primary, we place highest priority on active learning, critical thinking, and teamwork. Why not consider us for your family’s educational needs? Contact us today for more information.
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!