Choosing the right school for your child is tough one isn’t it. I am currently researching school reports of brilliant minds in history – sciences, mathematics, the arts incl. music, dance, art…. a strong theme throughout is poor attention to detail “that doesn’t matter” to them. The problem with most schools is that, despite talented teachers, the ‘curriculum’ is tight, and becoming more so with national testing ‘going global’ it seems. Critics say that schools today, perhaps more so than ever, hammer out creativity, spontaneity and natural curiosity in all people, not just exceptionally ‘clever’ people. Some reports in neuroscience research suggest that three year olds have double the number of brain synapse to adults (simplistically meaning active learning and brain activity) and it is theorised that school systems contribute to ‘pruning’, resulting in half capacity by adulthood and “brain jail”. In searching for the right school for your child, look for signs that the school is operating across multiple intelligences. You will look for evidence of the curriculum being presented and experienced in a variety of modalities. This said, school systems have constraints. What your child needs is to learn how to navigate her/his way through school systems fall short of providing ‘amazing’ learning experiences, and tolerate the push down effect. While some brilliant minds survive, it is likely that many do not.
The question to ask your self is clear: how do I BEST educate, nurture and protect my exceptionally clever child’s mindfulness and innate brilliance in my current context. For more information and staregies to help you find the right school for your child, contact me at www.drgloriaswright.com