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Great Article on Government & Schools

Excerpt: It’s time we embraced a new educational paradigm, one marked not so much by standardization and centralization, but by experimentation and innovation. Academic high-performers will gravitate to what ignites their minds. Non-academic students will discover activities that get them out of bed every day. Even the most disadvantaged children among us would benefit more from creative arrangements such as work-study, apprenticeships, and other alternative forms of education that allow them actually to participate in community.

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/26-without-government-schools-most-people-wouldnt-get-an-education

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Nurtured by Love

My notes on the book “Nurtured by Love” by author Shinichi Suzuki.

Man is born without talent. People are what they are as a result of their own specific environments.

1) We must study how to develop talent through education.

2) We must realize that talent, not only in music but in other fields as well, is not inherited.

It is important to guide our children all through early life. We must give much thought as to how children should be reared and trained, ho the development of their minds, sense, wisdom and conduct should be guided. It is a superior environment that has the greatest effect in creating superior abilities.

Generally speaking, we need only to look at the parents to guess what the children will be like.

Talent is not inborn, every child acquires ability through experience and repetition. For the sake of our children, let us educate them from the cradle to have a noble mind, a high sense of values, and splendid ability.

Earn love and respect of the musical world you need:
1) High Musical Sense
2) Superior musical performance
3) A fine Character
A true artist s a person with beautiful and fine feelings, thoughts, and actions.

A child played the violin. Whether or not he liked it or disliked it is not the question. Precisely as all Japanese children learn the Japanese language and learn it by heart, to like or dislike it had no bearing at all. The child was brought up listening to music everyday. It was no strain for him to practice really well. Good practicing is bound to produce fine results. More and more young students came to our house for lessons, and it was very lively. I took the greatest pleasure and delight in giving lesson to children, and all became my friends.

Ability Grows as it is Trained…

Mentors of high regard:
One has to educate oneself from within to benefit from the greatness of others. Only if one can do this can one fully realize the joy of being near someone who is great. Never lose your humility, for pride obscures the power to perceive truth and greatness.

Talent is not inborn, it has to be created.

Ease comes with training. We simply have to train and educate our ability, do the thing over and over again until it feels natural, simple, and easy. that is the secret.

My dreams are for the future of mankind. And I will keep on trying to fulfill them, plodding along patiently, earnestly, and with singleness of purpose. Almost anything is possible to achieve in this way.

Suzuki’s father taught him to never lend money or borrow money, it is better to share it. He also taught him an attitude of sociability and eagerness to learn from others. One should delight in every contact made by others, for the people we meet have been placed there by destiny. Therefore greet them. It may lead to a conversation so learn to be a good listener. The other person lives a quite different life than yours and knows something you dont and you are bound to learn something. Rather than talking yourself, learn to draw the other person out and above all listen. You will both enjoy it. Greetings, are an important part of life, you should greet each person you come in contact with face to face in regard to pleasant human relations, humanity, love, harmony, improvement of one’s fate, the grasping of opportunity…

In order to succeed one must first be a person of fine character.

Education rather than instruction

Schools instruct and train as hard as they can, without good results. There must be something wrong in their method. With the emphasis put only on informing and instructing, the actual growing life of the child is ignored. The word education implies two concepts: to educate, which means to “bring out, develop from latent or potential existence as well as to instruct. But the emphasis in schools is only on the instruction aspect and the real meaning of education is totally forgotten.

Even primary school beginners are merely instructed, or informed of certain things and then assailed by the test after test to see how much they remember. Grading can not be done by tests. Tests can only determine how much the children have understood. Should not the examination paper be used only a means of finding out which questions the child does not understand and which problems the child can not do? Actually these results would show the teachers ability rather than the childs.

The nine years of compulsory education ought to instill at least one superior skill in each child. It needn’t be a school subject. For instance, it it weere daily inculcated in a child to be kind to people in daily life, whether in school, in friendships, or at home, what a happy society that would create! There are many intellectuals in this world who are aware of that but who are, in fact, unhappy egoists.

Instead of just instruction but a real world-education that inculates, brings out, develops the human potential, based on the growing life of the child. My prayer is that all children on this globe become fine human beings, happy people of superior ability, and I am devoting all my energies to making this come about, for I am convinced ta=hat all children are born with this potential.

To merely want something is not good enough. One must be able to put things into practice. Even small tasks should bot be neglected but completed right away. This is very important. People who get a lot done manage it because they have the ability to get each necessary thing done right there and then. If you put a task off until sometime late, it may never get done because “some other time” has it’s own tasks. Time doesn’t wait. The habit of action is one of the most important thing we must acquire. Life’s success or failure actually depend on this. We should get so that is is second nature to put our thoughts into action. The more you do it, the more habit it will become.

How to develop new skills

Action cannot be separated from thought. People with fine judgment are people of ability. Reflective thought is part of judgement. Naturally, the finer the person, the greater his ability to think constructively. Develop a new skills to take place of the wrongly acquired one. One does not correct but develops a new skill. Thought, must immediately be followed by correct action, in order to acquire a new habit better than the habit that already existed. Progress cannot be made without the acquiring of new skills.Unless accompanied by action, no amount of thought or self examination will do any good. It is essential to acquire the habit of action, of putting things into practice. Any skill can be acquired by constant repetition. anything you think of doing, however insignificant, should be done immediately. If this becomes an ingrained habit, things you thought were impossible will become possible and closed doors will open, as you discover in many ways.

Memory Training is vital to talent education

Memory is essential, depending on training, your ability yo memorize gets better and better and the times it takes to memorize gets shorter and shorter. You get so that you memorize immediately. And after you have learned something, you do not forget it. Memory skill can be acquired by anybody.

Thank you Shinichi Suzuki, for all that you are and what you dedicated your life too.

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Sharing Futuristic Education

Here is an excerpt from an article written by MMM. This whole “free learning online” thing has been going strong for years:

Coursera: actual courses from various universities, made available mostly free

Khan Academy: a smart and personable guy just started making some YouTube tutorial videos to teach his family and friends, and it took off, eventually getting the attention and backing of Bill Gates. Nowadays they’ve got a video library with over 3900 videos in various topics and over 225 million lessons delivered.

Harvard Open Learning Initiative: Harvard courses, made available for free – with options to pay a discounted fee to receive actual course credits.

creativeLIVE: A selection of neat-sounding courses in the Artsy arena (photography, business, design, photoshop, video&film). To complete the circle of this new online world, you’ll find Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi on there as instructors, teaching their stuff even as they continue to run their own businesses based on the idea of learning stuff online.

It’s an interesting world out there these days: knowledge is virtually free, and there has never been a better time to ditch your TV and Playstation completely – and dig in to some more enriching entertainment!

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Classical Conversations

I have been researching Classical Conversations and think I will soon be taking a leap and even buy the foundations guide! Perhaps even start a small CC group with friends. One drawback…I have never personally experienced it or seen it first hand. Oh well, a leap of faith and hopefully other parents will join to start this little CC group who have had experiences.

This post will continually be updated with ideas & blogs that are helpful. Please share below if you know of any good one!

Useful CC Websites:

http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2011/03/classical-conversations-at-home.html

http://www.myhomeschoolstyle.com/?p=213

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HOW CHILDREN LEARN

I obtained this information while researching Montessori schools and I wanted to keep this section to reference back: The young child’s mind is like a sponge. It literally absorbs information from the environment. The young child retains this ability to learn by absorbing until he is almost seven years old. Young children can learn to read, write and calculate in the same natural way that they learn to walk and talk.

The hand is the chief teacher of the young child. He or she learns by doing. In order to learn there must be concentration, and the best way for a child to learn to concentrate is by doing something with his hands. That is why you will see so many hands-on activities in our classrooms.

Children also learn by imitating the adults closest to them. Just watch them playing house or school.

Why the Early Years Are So Important

From conception to age 4, the individual develops 50% of his mature intelligence; from ages to to 8 he develops another 30%…..This would suggest the very rapid growth of intelligence in the early years and the possible great influence of the early environment on this development. Since eighty percent of the child’s development takes place before he is eight years old, we cannot over emphasize the need for an environment that is loving and stimulating with consistency and order.

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Future of our Homeschooling

If you had a glimpse of the future of humanity…would you alter your teaching? As homeschoolers, we are molding our children, directly altering the information and education they receive. Personally, I have decided to emphasize more on character growth, humanitarianism, critical thinking and problem solving. Project based learning where he can collaborate ideas, create and solve. I need to prepare him for the 21st century the information era and no longer the industrialized era we were originally taught by. Does this video make you re-categorize subjects of importance, perhaps focus more on others?

Something of importance to point out during our children’s generation altered forever by AI. Although this video is great inspiration of what is yet to come…the concern for humanity rises as technology increases and replaces the majority of the workforce…there will be billions unemployed. Why hire a human when a computer can do the job inexpensively, accurately and instantly? A computer never gets sick, does not need health insurance, medicare, pension or social security.

Do we continue teaching down the rabbit hole of “jobs outmoded” or teach to inspire all our children (Ethan) to think creatively… not WHAT to think but HOW to think. When he finishes highschool our economy will drastically look different…rising unemployment as technology replaces workers, just as the automobile replaced horses. I want to prepare Ethan not to graduate looking for a “job” but to graduate creating jobs.

“A new and spiritually invigorating cosmic perspective is required for humanity to fully understand the purpose of the extreme polarization in today’s modern world, and to eventually unify it. In this regard old patterns of thinking, which keep us trapped in fear and addicted to beliefs that only limit and confine the human spirit, need to be broken down to clear the way for a new order of the mind; one based on a global revival of personal responsibility, accountability, and empowerment.”

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Great Articles for Parents Homeschooling

http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

“Every individual has certain kinds of intelligences that are more developed than others. The areas in which a person excels may not be the areas valued by society or that which succeed in the educational system, but this does not mean that a person is not intelligent.”

Everybody Is A Genius: http://www.thebestbrainpossible.com/everybody-is-a-genius

“Thomas Edison once said that his greatest blessing in life was his lack of a formal education. Had he been educated, he said, he would have realized that what he accomplished was not possible to do.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creative-thinkering/201207/why-creative-geniuses-hated-school?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.richdad.com/Resources/Rich-Dad-Financial-Education-Blog/August-2012/I-Dont-Know-What-I-Want.aspx

http://notjustcute.com/2009/08/21/unlock-the-potential-within-your-room-and-your-children-with-learning-centers/