“Every kid is different. Why force each mind to fit the same timetable?” asks this article written by a British Columbia teacher. If individuals learn in a variety of styles and on different schedules, who benefits from the formal rigidity of current school timetable? And if we know that learning is not confined to the classroom, couldn’t we ‘do’ school differently? Nick Smith, a veteran teacher, discusses the current ‘factory education model’ in contrast to mastery learning, self-directed studies, a continuous progress model, and other innovative ideas being put into practice at alternative B.C. high schools.
If the first few years of life include support for growth in cognition, language, motor skills, adaptive skills and social-emotional functioning, the child is more likely to succeed in school and later contribute to society.
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