Why do my high school students only want to know the answers? Why don’t they help each other learn?
My boys (5, 3, and 1) are very interested in the world around them. So are their friends. What happens before they reach high school? Can I do anything to reverse this process?
At the park today, my oldest was practicing his monkey bars, and he was actively encouraging kids he just met to learn how to do it, which is exactly how he learned. My three-year old was mooching some swinging lessons from the parent beside him, while I tried to push two boys on the swings while holding a 1 year old. He wanted to learn, and was eager to see advice from a knowledgeable adult. My one-year old was the consummate explorer, as every child is. So, what happens?
Why do students resist working in groups? Why don’t students want to help their peers who struggle, voluntarily? Why do students only expect answers from the teacher and not mooch from the environment around them? Why do students stop exploring and inquiring?
What is so broken with American education that natural aspects of young kids virtually disappears by the time the kids reach high school?
I know that’s the million dollar question, but educators cannot just ignore the fact that this happens. While I don’t know the fix, I am willing to try everything in order to get results.
My oldest son has learned SO MUCH in his first four years of life. Freshmen enter high school as mature, young-adult learners. Why cannot we get as much growth from these young adults all parents get from their 0-4 year olds?
These two questions frustrate me entirely. American education must be doing something wrong.