By: Krystle Crossman
Children are very independent at times and this is especially true when it comes to their education. They are curious by nature and love to learn new things. The problem is that when they enter school they are told what to learn, when to learn, and how to learn. It is not often that they are left to their own devices to figure things out and that can stifle the education that they may be getting. This is yet another reason why home-schooling is a great option for many children. Some parents are afraid to home-school because they think that they will not be good at teaching, but the children don’t need a teacher in the formal sense. They need someone who will enhance their self-directed learning and encourage them along the way. Here are three reasons that blogger Penelope Trunk says children are better off without having a teacher:
1. When children use experimentation as a way of learning they need to be given the freedom to figure out what they are experimenting with and the freedom to make mistakes. In schools they are told exactly what to do and how to do it. There is no creativity involved, only directions. When they are allowed to building what they want or experiment with no directions they will obtain problem-solving skills that they will be able to use later in life. They are not always going to have explicit directions or someone standing over their shoulder watching how they experiment so it is best to let them be independent (within reason) at a younger age.
2. Students are forced into a five-day-per-week relationship with someone they have never met before. They are made to sit in a classroom with someone for eight hours out of the day, five days per week. Now while this is what adults experience in the real world while working, it is different when the person that you are stuck with is supposed to be your source of education. There are some students that just do not click well with their teacher and this causes a breakdown in communication as well as slipping grades.
3. Kids are more advanced that most teachers when it comes to information and how to teach it. The younger generation has grown up with computers and the internet. They can navigate the worldwide web better than a majority of the teachers out there. This gives them an advantage during independent learning times as they are able to find the information that they need and retain it. When they are older and looking for a job these skills will be far more valuable than learning how to write down notes on a paper (although they should still learn how to do that just in case).