Well, I have another chalk board lesson for y’all today. I think it is important to analyze the trends of education and how the current systems are affecting the current generation rising. As I watched this, I was reminded of how when I was 4 I was smart enough to skip pre-K because I already knew how to read and write, but because of how short and young I was, I was kept back because the teachers at that time claimed that I would be “alienated from the other kids” because of my young age. How presumptious. I could have finished school a lot sooner had they not kept me back based on this erroneous presumption. I think that we as a society are compartementalizing children strongly on the basis of age when it comes to education rather than on the basis of intelligence. I think that if a child is of an above average level of intelligence, than he or she should be allowed to progress onto the next grade rather than be set back just to “fit in” with the general population that is of average intelligence. This type of thing I think stunts a person’s ability to grow intellectually which in some ways facilitates behavioural problems as some children are left feeling bored and frustrated by being set back which was the case with me.
When I started to feel really bored in school as I was left to ‘color’ pictures every single day awaiting that day to finally advance into the next class where actual learning would begin, there came a time where I became convinced that I was of “average intelligence” since I wasn’t motivated to do more than average. I knew I was above average and yet I started to do badly in school especially in the area of math because of this frustration. I guess as a society we need to be mindful of how our presumptions affect people, especially children. We can’t keep people in a box is what I’m getting at here.
When I was 14 or 15, I took an age intelligence test to measure the level of intellect I had and measure that level of intelligence to see if it corresponded with my age. What was interesting was that the results showed I had the intelligence level of a 50 year old for a 15 year old *shock*. Yep, I was shocked tooo….I’m a 50 year old thinker in a 15 year old body lol :). I’m now 27 so I wonder how far my intelligence has increased lol :D . By age 5 I had read over 150+ books and got an award for it. Not many kids that age read that many books. I think that when we look at the changing Education paradigms in north america in particular, we see a decline in interest towards education because of the new avenues that are available to create wealth. It seems that the trends of today seem to dictate that it’s no longer a pre-requisite to finish school in order to get a job since even those that do finish school do not necessarily guarantee that they’ll land a job after achieving a BA or PhD .
The way we treat the current generation our current systems of education is actually placing many unlikely levels of intelligence in the same box. Dysfunction can only result from this method of compartementalizing people of varying intelligence to fit this box scheme if people can’t recognize that you can’t treat unlikely individuals alike. There needs to be some sort of a system that allows for those to move progressively and advance forward without interruption regardless of age/creed/ gender or socio-economic status as a basis rather than consequentially stunt individuals intellectually altogether. If their capabilities are above average we should be able to take them further rather than capping their potential on a failed presumption that we need to keep children on the same level as each other on the basis of age group all in the name of social solidarity. Children are actually smarter these days than we make them out to be, but when we cap their potential, we place limits where limits should not be placed and this serves to frustrate children as I was frustrated when I was left in a class room at age 5 forced to “color” everyday and wait one full year until I could be in a class to advance what I already knew. This frustration can cause behavioural problems and may effect intellectual growth as children advance at such a restrictive pace. I could say more but this is my general opinion on the matter. People may choose to disagree with me and that’s ok. I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on the matter.
Do you think children should advance if their intellect doesn’t match their age? or should we maintain the current status quo so that they “fit in” with their age group despite their above average level of intelligence?
Just food for thought today.
I’d like to hear other people’s perspectives. Enjoy this educational vid and have a blessed day everybody!