On Feb 2, 2014, at 1:10 AM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I guess the times may demand that scientific studies be done about the relative values of PUSHING/ GOADING students to learn versus ENCOURAGING them to do that.
So, you have encouraged your child to study, yet they continue to put it off. What do you do next? Give up? And scientific studies aren?t going to help because every kid is different, even in the same family. It is pretty hard to make a comparison between elephants and humans. A baby elephant has only one fate in life, to grow up to be an adult elephant. But a human child can grow up to be just about anything and that takes a lot more than just encouragement. In your theory of encouragement only, have you taken into account competition? Why do you think there are so many coaches? Often, encouragement alone doesn?t get your son or daughter far enough. It would be far different if later life didn?t depend so much on your skills and knowledge of things. But it does.
As far as the un-school schools like Montessori. If the pedagogy they practice is so damn good why are they so unpopular? People aren?t buying it. What little popularity they have seems to be with very young kids, 3rd grade and younger. After that the parents move on to a more traditional and driven curriculums. It is rare enough to see a Montessori primary school. It is very rare to see a Montessori middle school or high school.
Do you at least acknowledge that most of the world both encourages and pushes their children in school? Regardless of whether you think it is right or not. Isn?t this your point? To change what the world is doing now.