Misconceptions in Education
Education has lots of misconceptions around it and most of them come from our own biases in life. The formulas and tricks that worked or failed for us leave an indelible mark and we either follow them or shun them for our children. This in turn gives rise to the misconceptions and the truth is somewhere lost. Let’s look at some of the misconceptions surrounding the education system and try to understand them:
For more learning give more homework
Homework is simply a revision or practice of whatever has been taught in the classroom. An additional hour of studying will not have a noticeable impact on students. They already spend half the day in classes learning which is enough to learn for a day.
If kids do not play and enjoy their childhood, they will not be able to enjoy the studying in classrooms too. Without this enjoyment there will be no real engagement and learning will not be effective. Hence it becomes imperative to mark a separate time for studying and other activities.
It is not the hours of studying but the quality studying that matters.
Students don’t care about learning
Parents compete among themselves to see whose kid comes first and so do the students. Students have their self esteem and a childish stubbornness and poor performance hurts them. They care about learning new things and also to top the class. Students generally make a sincere effort in studying and scoring good. It is parents who fail to either understand them or pay enough attention.
Only when a student finds the task invincible that he shifts his focus away from it and focuses on something else. It is the responsibility of parents and teachers to support students in understanding the subjects and learn efficiently. They should not just point to the poor performance or pressurize them to get good scores.
Teachers work less and get paid more
A teacher plays a major role in nation building through their efforts on students. The task requires lot of subtlety in understanding the psychology of a child and handling him accordingly. The task looks simple enough from outside but try spending a day in kindergarten and you will know the challenges.
The subtle work of teacher has to be done in parallel with providing subject knowledge which itself is a big challenge. As per a research, teachers make more than 1300 decisions in one day and teaching is one of the most cognitively demanding works. They are second to air traffic controllers which explains everything.
All students nowadays are tech-smart
The misconception comes from them being the first user of the latest technologies. The high usage of internet, computers and mobile phone presents this picture. These technologies are present and students are more or less familiar with them. In their tight schedule, do students have time to understand them?
They are basically the early users of the technology which is different from being tech smart. Parents and teachers should sit with them and explain how to use these technologies properly. Most importantly how do they wok, their application and the improvisation they can think of.
Small classes provide better education
Parents feel that in big batches their student may not be able to get better education. The learning does not get divided among students when a teacher teaches and instead it is available in the same manner to everyone. Batch size or the size of a classroom has no role to play in learning. Even if the student was alone in a class, it would not make much difference.
Better schools means more fees
People generally perceive the quality of education to the fees being charged. In reality, quality of education will depend on the level of involvement of various stakeholders in teaching rather than the fees. The fees and the branding is just a facade you might find interesting. The real gold is the teaching methods used and commitment to the profession.
In fact I know some parents who do not send their kids to school and teach themselves at home. Their kids participate and win regular competitions.
Misconceptions in education are a normal thing and one should not get married to them. Instead research or talk to an education expert for his opinion before formulating anything for kids. These are few some of the misconceptions that I could think of. In case you know of any others please feel free to comment them below.