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Self-Discovery: What Makes Each Child Unique?
- February 22, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Traditional school teaches children little about who they are; and yet, the discovery of the self is probably the most valuable lesson they are never taught.
Traditional education takes kids through over a decade of education, yet they come away with little self-knowledge. It seems the educational system not does its job or, perhaps, it was never meant to achieve such a goal.
But there is a way to change that.
What if children could learn about their own uniqueness early in childhood; actually get in touch with what they enjoy doing, what makes them happy and what they’re good at?
Fortunately they can. Rewriting the rules of education to better suit the needs of the children, not the needs of the economy or an outdated school system is a must. It’s time to start seeing education as a means for self-discovery.
What children need (and want) most is to have their talents and interests nurtured, starting from an early age. Public education restricts the process of self-discovery. In much the same way a gardener facilitates the growth of a flower, a teacher needs to have the freedom to facilitate a child’s self-discovery. Everything a child needs to be who they are is already there — it just needs to be given the chance to emerge.
Each and every child has a unique gift to give to the world. By leaving behind the ways that stifle self-expression, self-reflection and self-connection we can step forward into a new education paradigm – one in which children are understood, appreciated and empowered to reach full potential as who they are and do what they love.
As children progress and learn to distinguish their strengths and weaknesses, they emerge more confident and focused. Natural gifts are encouraged and enabled to flourish in an environment that rewards performance.
Advancing through a learning environment that nurtures self-discovery prepares children for the bigger steps ahead going into high school and college. They are equipped with the self-knowledge and personal goals needed to reach full potential and navigate challenges in the real world.