A friend of mine and I were talking about how we have been working outside for the last few days and how much they enjoy it.
She has been pretty supportive of me choosing to hs even if she doesn't fully understand why.
She did ask me one thing that really made me think. She asked if I could make one small change in the public school system, what would it be. Talk about a loaded question and how much time do you have. :)
I really thought about it and I didn't choose curriculum or anything like that because I truly do believe everyone learns differently, I told her the change I would make would allow the kids to be comfortable while learning. Think local bookshop at story time. Comfy chairs, bean bags, body pillows, something other than a hard wood chair and attached desk.
Mine works so much better when not 'confined' and comfortable.
So, long story short... if you could make a small change in public schools, what would it be?
Unfortunately, the US is sooooo not able to handle that kind of fundamental change in educational perspectives. I read an article about it yesterday in a copy of "Practical Homeschooling" I happened to pick up. I'm not a big fan of the magazine in general, but the article caught my eye, so I did some extra research and found these articles available online:
Honestly, there is too much wrong with public education for me to be able to choose just one thing. But if I had to choose, I'd say change the history curriculum. The new revisionist history fails to teach our children patriotism and independence and has removed so much truth about the founding of our nation.
I would also have a difficult time choosing one. It would be a toss up between smaller class sizes and more play/free time. Probably smaller class sizes though... I think that would make a world of difference in both students and teachers alike.