How to choose the best online resources for your child
'Educate' originates from the greek word for Midwifery - just as a midwife would help 'draw out' a baby from a mother, education is intended to be the art of drawing out insights from someone.
Contrary to the origin of 'educate', we typically think of education as imparting or adding knowledge but should we be thinking instead of drawing knowledge or insights out of children as they discover the world for themselves? If they discover for themselves, retention is increased as they can understand 'why' something is so.
Take the example of being told to go to bed early. As a child you are told you will be tired if you go to bed too late. In reality you will only take this seriously once you have made the mistake for yourself and paid the consequences.
Someone telling you something is must less powerful than learning something for yourself.
Online resources are vast. Some are free, some are paid. Nearly all online resources focus on 'telling'. Videos, textbooks, blogs, forums - all of these 'tell' students how to do a question or what the solution is. None of them allow a student to work through the problem themselves and discover the right route with their own brain power. In essence, none of them come close to having a tutor and none of them educate in a way which maximises retention and understanding.
Resources in general impart knowledge, rather than drawing it out - meaning technically, they are not educating.
When you look for online tools for your child or your class to use, make sure they truly educate. With exams moving closer, students should not be wasting time with content that tells; they should be actively problem solving as they learn, preparing them for when they are on their own in the exam hall.
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