Sunday, December 11, 2011

Concept 3 Of 6 - The Basic Philosophy Of Alex's Home Schooling



Song:  Damnum Et Triumphus

Group:  Future World Music



Our third major tenet:


ADVANCEMENT BY MERIT


What could be more common sense...
more logical...
more reasonable...
more efficient and effective?

Not a damn thing.

It forms the core of progression from groups of organisms
to the Free Market of Western Society.

Yet, when it comes to one of the most important aspects of any civilized society....
Education...
we suddenly think that to do otherwise... is somehow wise.

To think that children progress along a timeline...
modulated merely by age...
instead of capability...
is willful stupidity.

This one aspect of the educational system (the optimal rate of advancement)...
 is probably the most important to the progression of education in a nation...
and not only is it not done...
it is one of the most easily corrected faults in the system.

In general...
and yes...this is how you must think when making policies for a nation...
you don't make general policies from the exceptions...
you do what is best for the whole...for the long term
(the establishment of Standard Operating Procedures)...
and you may then tailor fit to, and for, the exceptions...
or better yet...make the system self correcting...
and so...

Advancement By Merit


Why would you advance a child before they have understanding
of the material?

Why wouldn't you allow advancement of a child when they do have the understanding?

How about allowing, not only, the child's intellect...
but his drive, to determine his advancement.

While most children have the capability of reaching the heights
of advanced education...
they differ in the rate of acquisition of that knowledge.

When you have the relative few not keeping up with the whole...
it is generally their fault.

But that is not what is happening...is it?


To have a system that engenders the frustration, bewilderment, and hopelessness
of being left behind to struggle...to forever not understand a concept...
because of priorities not related to the most efficient and effective methods of teaching...
especially when the stated reasons prioritize emotional concerns over intellectual ones...
is preposterous.

To have a child have to progress at a rate less than his full capability...
also engenders frustration...
often to the point of him giving up.


Why would you not engineer a system that automatically
adapts to the needs of all... from the beginning?

It all goes back to the two basic drives of sentient beings...

the Pursuit of Pleasure...
the Aversion to Pain.


By knowing this concept, along with the knowledge that of the two...
the Pursuit of Pleasure (Positive Reinforcement of Excellence)...
is the superior of the two to extracting excellence of performance
from individuals...and from groups.

Advancement By Merit

Why?

Because it is not only self regulating...
it is internally driven.


Alright...

so why talk of the whys and not of the hows?

The hows are certainly necessary...
however, the why's speak to the heart and soul...
they provide the impetus for change...
and the continuing drive that shall hold you through
the trials of your path.

Now...
the speaking to the mind...the intellect...
the how.

What we are concerned with here is how a parent may apply
a general plan to his child or children.

What we strive for is to have
Strong Core Courses with Various Supplementary Exercises
(my next article and concept)...
and 100% understanding of the concepts as demonstrated through
incrementally spaced test scores
(just as taking too large a bite of food will choke you...
to take information in too large of portions before testing
to ensure complete digestion and absorption...
risks having the child choke on tests).


You simply test after each concept...
go over any missed answers by re-explaining the fundamental concept...
have them complete more exercises of the missed ones...
retest...
have them achieve 100% on the test...
then...and only then...
allow advancement.

Does this ensure 100% on comprehensive tests?

No.

It is easy enough to forget specifics.
However, by having them understand 100% of the concepts before advancement...
they will retain enough to do very well on comprehensive tests.

By having many smaller tests to gauge progress...
you may make corrections earlier.

After their comprehensive tests...
go over any missed answers...
well, you know the old saying...
rinse and repeat  :)


Is it really that simple?

Yes...it really is.


Is it really that effective?

Yes...it really is.


Is that what you really do with your son?

Yes...we really do.



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