Today's schools are not much different than schools in the early 1900s. Most schools in the US continue to have a 180 day schedule with almost 3 months off in the summer. Schools are open about 6 hours a day. Teachers usually work isolated in their classrooms behind closed doors. Schools were designed to complement our factory model. We needed factory workers who would follow orders and not think on their own. Anyway, that's what we got: a passive education. A few of us (including me) didn't fit in this model very well. I tried but found that I wanted to go in a different direction or had a better idea or wanted to hear from some of my classmates. Forget it! I'm just a troublemaker. Right? Remember all of the class clowns?
I guess you can say I'm more of a Constructionist where students are more responsible for their learning. Just think of what your children might ask on a nature walk: "Why are their acorns?" "Why is the sky blue?" Great teaching moments! I think of my own children. Both are artists and have their own businesses. I was brought up to never draw within the lines so passed this on to my children. When they went to school, they worked really hard to fit in but it wasn't easy. Sit straight at a desk in rows and only raise your hand when asked.
“We can classify education into two main categories:
passive education relying primarily on memory, and active education
relying on intelligent understanding and discovery. Our real
problem is what is the goal of education? Are we forming children who
are only capable of learning what is already known? Or should we try to
develop creative and innovative minds capable of discovery from the
preschool age on through life?” Jean Piaget