Protect Your Child from “Progressive” Education


Public education in much of the English-speaking world is failing both students and the society,
whose tax dollars are intended to pay for educating its youth. Not only are “progressive” or “child-centered”
education methods ineffective, curriculum has been massively gutted of knowledge objectives
by far left activists who dominate the Faculties of Education and government Education Departments. What can you do to protect your children from
so called “progressive” education? In two previous Tomorrow’s World Viewpoints,
“Do Schools Discriminate Against Boys” and “Crisis in Western Education,” we highlighted
several of the problems. Now, let’s examine some solutions. One of the hallmarks of most current public
education systems is the implementation of “constructivism” or “discovery learning” methods,
which have been proven ineffective in empirical research. Discovery Learning works, but only when the
learner has already developed a very substantial knowledge base. An unfortunate reality in all “progressive”
education systems, is that reduced knowledge goals leave students at a disadvantage compared
to foreign trained students. In many school jurisdictions handwriting,
grammar, phonetics, formal geometry, geography, comprehensive history, mental mathematics
and memorization skills are no longer emphasized or encouraged
The world’s leading experts in cognitive development link “discovery learning” strategies to educational
failure. So what can you do to help your child if he
or she attends a public school caught up in “progressive” philosophy? As a long-time educator and former school
system administrator, I strongly recommend some steps you can take: Give your child a strong knowledge base. In an environment where schools are reducing
knowledge outcomes, it falls to the parent to supplement the child’s knowledge base. You can:
Teach your child phonetics, the code of pronunciation and reading. It will ensure your child can read early and
also spell correctly. Many resources are available to assist, only
one of which is: Phonetic Help for Parents. Oxford University Press. Expand your child’s Cultural Literacy. Dr. E.D. Hirsch (University of Virginia) wrote The
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, which delineates a range of key elements of knowledge that
will make for a well-rounded education. Its history section is oriented to the U.S.,
but Canadians for instance can supplement with other resources (some online) to ensure
your children are knowledgeable and understand their heritage and history of their country. A solid awareness of heritage literature, history and geography is central to the future
adult’s ability to analyse and understand events and to make reasoned decisions. Such people are also an asset to any employer. Also,
Ensure your child is introduced to Geometry. Geometry is central to the development of
Western mathematical thought, and is still the most powerful problem-solving tool in
mathematics. Formal geometry is almost absent in many Western
schools. Foster Memorization Skills: The development
of memory is the biggest contributing factor to increased attention span. Engaging children in family memory games,
memorization of passages of literature or poetry etc. is a huge contributor to success
in school and other endeavors. Give your child experience in the real world. In this age schools encourage children to
be immersed in technology and a virtual world even though studies warn of the dangers of
excessive screen time. The young person will benefit from experiences
in the intricate real world. So:
Let them experience the out doors, and if possible encourage and teach them to work
with self-replicating organic technology, i.e. plants, cats, birds etc. There are many excellent books helping students
do experiments with plants, or gardening. Let them see and appreciate the natural world
and its wonders. Develop some manual skills. If opportunity permits, assist your child
in developing skills in working with wood or other materials where they are interacting
in three dimensions, not just the two-dimensional world of the computer screen. Help your child develop confidence. One of the reasons so many young people fall
prey to peer pressure is due to a lack of confidence in their own ability. It is vital that your child develops skills
that lead to a more positive development socially. Encourage physical fitness. The development of a healthy and reasonably
strong and flexible body is good for your child’s confidence. A balanced approach to sports, both team and
individual, is healthy. This along with ensuring good dietary habits,
helping to avoid obesity, will be a lifelong benefit. Help your child express himself or herself
in public. This is a most important asset, and assists
the student in expressing ideas and feelings clearly, politely and effectively. Parents can cultivate this development skill
by engaging their child in conversation early in life, encouraging them to speak not only
within their peer group, but to trusted adults as well. Research has shown that a failure to express
oneself effectively is a contributor to frustration and violent behavior. If progressive education is not working to
prepare your children for success, it is possible to provide a background that can overcome
the deficiencies, and equip your child to succeed. I am Stuart Wachowicz for Tomorrow’s World
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13 thoughts on “Protect Your Child from “Progressive” Education”

  1. Alarming. Frightening. Tragic. My feeling about progressive education is to run from it as far as you can. And I absolutely hate paying taxes that fund schools under this system! This very minute the teachers in my city are on strike for more money. And for what? So they can maintain this miseducation even more expensively. It's an outrage! No multiplication tables, no geometry, no handwriting, no PE, no Bibles—no brains necessary to maintain our lead in science and tech.

    Glad to see you offer some sound countermeasures. Maybe also private school if you can afford it or home schooling if you're up to it.

    The US and the West are dying from so many ill effects of forgetting and rejecting God. It's terrible! And the flabbergasting, befuddling thing is that people with eyes can't see this. At least a couple generations now have been diverted away from having, as you say, the historical and cultural background, and biblical I would add, to be able to realize what should be clearly evident.

    Man! This gets me so upset, that comparatively so small a group has shanghaied the culture and is ruining everything! This really, really needs to be set straight! Thy kingdom come!

  2. Last year they gave real paper money on CNY. This year they gave us coupons to sell for carnival day. I would have been fine but they said give the money you got from selling to your teacher to help us build a building

  3. Progressivism has always been attacked by conservatism which had a euphoric delusion from the past, but fact is that progressivism is what keep culture advancing forward

  4. THANK GOD THAT MY PARENTS KNEW TO DO MANY OF THESE THINGS/RECOMMENDATIONS…AND DID THEM!  Thanks for Sharing them, Tomorrow's World.

  5. The education Democrats deliver is entitlement, envy, low expectation, and ultimately racial anger. They do it from their ivory towers, all the while putting their own kids in exclusive schools.
    Sounds like a modern day plantation doesn't it.

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