“No Child Left Behind“, which is a confession there must be children left behind. The entire program was developed on conformity and a linear process of learning and not taking into account the learning dynamics. The more our children exhibit right brain behavior the linear education system provides for testing to determine what might be wrong with the child. When the only disease they may have is called childhood.
Education Methods and Materials History, prior to the 19th century organizations and government involvement was minimal in public education. What happen in the 19th century in America? Quite simply it was the rapid growth of the industrial revolution. As public schools were instituted across America our schools curriculum were related to the business model. This model has changed very little up to today. Education was viewed under compliance and citizens becoming marketable to industry. Our system of education became linear and has been the same even up to today. Look for yourself at any curriculum in public schools or higher education. You will see the highest ranking importance addresses the student attenders with rankings for math and science as first, second humanities and third the arts. Looking at this opportunity students who may have right brain dominance would be in trouble. Our curriculum focuses in the heads of our students primarily on the left brain of importance. Arts are depicted as extra curricular activities by our schools and become a great experiences for future hobbies. While our high schools continually mind craft our students to be a production line to colleges and universities. Parents are continually presented with orientations on how great the high school is to prepare their child for college. Colleges and Universities often are the only schools invited to present in these high schools leaving out the trades, vocations and arts. This makes sense when your curriculum roadmap is towards higher education. Our lack of transparency of the left brain, right brain hemispheres that are connected to each other results in a limited education for students who don’t fit. Our attention for our life long learning in America needs to become more from an agricultural philosophy where we allow students to discover their strengths organically so they may take the path of a career they may love.
Today’s professional or worker who has experienced a linear education found themselves fitting into an economy where they were led to believe where they could make the best living by going to college. Research today shows that going to college may not be the best avenue for our students preparing in k-12 or higher education. When speaking with our nation workers many have explained how they have not liked their job and really can’t wait until they retire. Yet, there is a smaller group who have found the job they loved and have no intention of ever stepping away from what they love. These individuals are fortunate in that they have found organically what really fits their heart and soul.
Where does this take us: It is time where there needs to be a serious look at the curriculum. Instructional design cannot be looked at as no child left behind that doesn’t fix anything with the linear form of education we are promoting. It is imperative to recognize the human body and brain and how we prepare students for lives which they will enjoy using the talents they have been inherently born with. Discovery and focus by schools to help encourage and promote students into what organically has been given to them. Educators must begin to understand that the body isn’t just the transporter of the head but as humans we have interest in all the different senses and how they relate to our life. It has been a tragedy for the treatment of the students who have experienced their schools closing that were focusing on the curriculums of left brain students. Innovation is often hard in that it doesn’t appear to be part of the norm. Trade schools, career schools, art schools, music schools encouraged the students who had the motivation to seek out educations that fit their left brain tendencies. For those who made those decisions for the right reasons had a higher odds of being happy.
If you are an educational leader you will need to address this phenomenon hopefully before it is not to late. Schools are in need of change. We are in an education revolution. Let your destiny be yours by making the changes to offer the most appropriate educational programs by understanding your new student generations.
I have included an article that expresses just one niche of supply and demand recognition that should awaken our cognitive thoughts.
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