To answer your question here are a few things to consider. The current method of doing JK through 3rd grade works pretty well. It could be polished a bit but for getting the 3 Rs going in kids this will do for now.
I wrote about JK through 3rd grade to point out how we get our start. It’s well documented at this point how up until and including the 3rd grade age if a teacher stands in front of a classroom and ask a question, almost all hands go shooting up as each student is about to pop to shout out what they think is the answer. In their minds they have yet to onboard the false message that school sends loud and clear, a wrong answer is bad
. It is at this critical point in life where everything that can go wrong for kids, is going wrong.
When you are around middle school age kids for a short period of time you find that each of them already have clearly defined academic strengths and weakness just as Failing Superman
points out. Middle school age kids also already have individual interests and they will have favorites of these interests that consume disproportionately large portions of their free time.+Gene Carboni
you ask...If you went to this type of school what would be your strengths?
At the intersection of these kid’s academic strengths and their favorite interests is where you will often find that 1 Thing
which has the potential to really turn them on. The everyday grind of school work is causing people to ignore completely the absolute need to find this 1 Thing
in each individual.
I went to turn off a lamp in my den the other night at bedtime. The geek in me loves gadgets so I have different types of light switches all around my house. I have some gadgets connected to lamps that allow me to use small remotes to turn these lamps off. There are several different types of switches on lamps scattered around our house. There are pull chain switches, turn button switches, push button switches and then there is the old standby, the clapper for turning lamps on by clapping.
With all of this confusion around lamp switches I don't always remember what type of switch I have on any given lamp. If you look in your den where you may have a sofa, coffee table and maybe a couple of end tables with lamps sitting on them, you can get a good illustration for kids in school today.
When I went to turn the lamp off the other night, the lampshade prevented me from seeing the actual switch. I was futzing around blindly trying to find the switch with my hand and then when I found it, I had to quickly figure out by feel which type of switch it was and then remember what type of action it took to turn the light on and off.
Kids are like lamps in that you can't always see their switch to know what type of switch they have. Until you figure out what it takes to turn them on, they can’t shine.
After the age of 3rd grade the current system is doing everything it can to make kids behave the opposite from what they were doing as they progressed rapidly up until the 3rd grade.
You also ask… Is this possible with our traditional school systems?
School buildings will work just fine but for what Marc is showing us to happen, teachers will have to embrace what he is pointing to with each of his videos and they will need to become coaches and mentors that know how to turn kids on and light them up.