Importance of Education
Human development is a critical process that needs attention, proper guidance, and scaffolding from adult for optimal learning and development. Therefore, it is crucial both for parents and teachers to comprehend and understand the developmental needs of the children, demand of the era and work accordingly. This would aid in knowledge expansion and skill enhancement of the child. Focus on child education as early years education can have a long lasting affect on the child’s personality and child’s life.
Early Years Education
This is an era of technology leading the learners towards space. Hence, to help the learners achieve such goals, the school should focus on 21st century core competencies and provide a platform to the learners for best learning. School is a platform that builds life skills, unleash the hidden potential of students and prepare them to compete in the global environment. Many successful countries such as China, Finland, South Korea and Singapore realized the demand of the era and worked on their education system and schooling. They broadened their curriculum and identified and trained out of the box thinkers pedagogue and andragogue.
China and Finland are considered as an education powerhouse. The reason behind such success is the education system, schools and highly qualified teachers. These countries never compromise on the quality of child education and provide equal access to good schooling. They pay individual attention to the students who are not good in some subjects. They also make use of the latest technologies to keep their students updated which aids in child development.
Child Education in Developing Countries
There is a clear difference in the child education system of developed countries from the developing countries. This is exhibited as a class difference in the education system of the country as poor, middle and high-class children with the different standard curriculum. There is also a lack of trained & qualified teachers. It is a general perception in the society of developing countries that if you cannot do anything, become a teacher. Teaching is considered as a profession that does not require a skill. High fees structure is also another hurdle, that is keeping children out of school. Last, but not the least, the mindset of school owners is to consider education as money minting business and not a profession.
School is a place that provides learning environment for holistic child development. Developing countries have people opening up a school as a business investment to earn money. Such mind sets are playing with the future of children, ignoring the impact of child education on child development . The students of such schools get degrees but fail to explore themselves and contribute accordingly.
The mathematical minds of school management know how to increase fee but fails in knowing the psychology of a child and identify his inner abilities. They know how to decrease expenses but fail to identify and hire competent and potential teachers. They are providing quality material but lack quality interaction. That’s why every second we are losing great intellectuals by not identifying their needs and giving them chance to explore their inner abilities and potential.
Teachers’ Role in Child Education in Developing Countries
Lack of knowledge and skills of the teachers also badly affects the quality of education system. Today’s’ teachers are busy in making tough IQ questions to measure the intellect of the learners. They fail to identify the inner potential of children. They give presentations on different theories but lack implementation.
During Parents’ Teachers’ Meetings, school management boldly blames the child and the parents. They don’t reflect on their role and impact. They punish children for not doing homework or bad writing but are not ready to change their own practices and approach. Such teachers are generating parrots who are good in memorizing the knowledge without understanding and clear concepts. The teachers and schools try their level best to steal smiles from the students faces in the name of discipline and obedience. Resultant, instead of enjoying the learning process students are developing stress. There is no attraction for the students in school. Early years child education which was supposed to help child development leads to child deterioration, mentally and emotionally both. It greatly affects the child development.
Positive Child Development
Richard Dufour says, “the fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching”. Schools should change their practices and focus on 21st century core competencies of Citizenship, Creativity and Imagination, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Digital literacy, Leadership and Personal Development. This will help our children be ready to compete the world, to be able to acquire child education and see its affects as positive child development.
The schools should learn from the best practices of different counties and try to apply it accordingly. School management should never compromise education quality and hire qualified and competent teachers. Furthermore, they should allocate some budget for their professional development. Besides, teachers should give equal attention to all children and extra time to those who needs extra support.
Moreover, government should develop a standardized curriculum and a policy, binding government and private schools to use the same standard curriculum. This would help every child, whether poor or rich, get quality education in same standard schools. Government should restrict the private schools with fee structure and bound them to provide quality education with minimum fee. School owners should take it as a cause to change the nation. Instead of focusing our efforts on creating separate schools for our children and avoiding the advantages of co-education, we should focus on quality schools imparting child education. We must work on the child education system to help child development.