As parents, Ernita and I want our children to be successful, happy, and well-adjusted individuals. For many of us, the education we choose plays a crucial role in achieving those goals. However, with so many different educational approaches out there, it can be difficult to know which one is best for our children. I believe that the answer lies in progressive education.
Progressive education is an approach that focuses on developing the whole child, not just their academic abilities. It prioritizes the child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and aims to create an environment that encourages discovery-based learning, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.
At its core, progressive education values the individuality of each child and recognizes that all children learn differently. It encourages teachers to adapt their teaching methods to meet the needs of each child, rather than expecting every child to fit into the same mold.
As educators ourselves, we understand the value of this approach. We have seen firsthand the positive impact that progressive education can have on children’s development, both in the classroom and in their personal lives.
For us, one of the most important aspects of progressive education is its emphasis on free time and outdoor activities. We believe that children need time to play, explore, and engage with nature. By spending time outdoors, children can develop a deeper connection with the natural world and learn valuable life skills, such as problem-solving, risk-taking, and perseverance.
Moreover, we believe that progressive education can help children develop a growth mindset. Growth mindset is the belief that our abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. This mindset helps children see mistakes as opportunities for growth, rather than failures, and encourages them to persevere in the face of challenges.
At the heart of growth mindset is the idea that success is not just about innate ability, but also about effort and practice. By instilling this mindset in our children from a young age, we hope to help them develop the resilience and determination they need to succeed in all areas of their lives.
Of course, as with any educational approach, there are challenges and limitations to progressive education. It can be difficult to implement in a traditional classroom setting, where standardized testing and rigid curriculums often take precedence over individualized learning.
Moreover, not every child may thrive in a progressive education environment. Some children may prefer more structured, teacher-led learning, while others may struggle with the open-ended, self-directed nature of progressive education.
That said, we believe that progressive education has the potential to create a more holistic, engaging, and meaningful learning experience for our children. By prioritizing their social, emotional, and physical well-being, we can help them develop into well-rounded, resilient individuals who are equipped to face any challenge that comes their way.
As parents, we owe it to our children to explore all the educational options available to us and choose the approach that best suits their needs and interests. For us, that approach is progressive education, and we will continue to support our children’s development through this approach for as long as it serves them best.