All school teachers have to deal with unruly students from time to time. It is generally accepted that unwanted behavior should incur some kind of sanctions but opinions differ on what type of punishment is really effective. Earlier we proposed that schools should reward good behaviour. Continue reading School discipline
ScienceDaily reports an interesting study: Preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions. The bottom line is that most questions teachers at kindergarten ask to their pupils are way too simple (i.e. eighty-five percent of the children were able to answer them). Continue reading Simple questions
In this post we want to discuss to studies reported by ScienceDaily on the relation between one’s home environment and performance an behavior at school. Continue reading Home environment and education
Here a video by CBS about a Californian elementary school that does not allow sitting.
According to an article on ScienceDaily before-school activity programs have significant benefits for the physical fitness and social well-being of students. Unfortunately the article does not tell us what such program should like or whether different types of exercise could be used. Continue reading Rope skipping
Earlier we proposed that solving puzzles should be a school subject. A study by researchers at the University of Exeter shows that solving puzzles like crosswords on a daily base, strongly improves one’s cognitive abilities at old age. More precise: regular puzzle solving is linked to better memory and thinking skills.
This study supports our proposed policy of including puzzle solving in the curriculum of schools, as it suggests that this will improve overall intellectual skills and hence will likely have a positive effect on academic performances.
Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life (Science Daily)
A toy library is similar to an ordinary library, with the principal difference that instead of books people can borrow toys. Since playing – especially with other children – is an essential feature of growing up to a healthy individual, toy libraries should be support by (local) governments. Continue reading Toy libraries
According to classical republicans the main purpose of education is to prepare children for their future a citizens, i.e. full members of society. Lateral and critical thinking is the most important aspect of republican education, far more important than learning plain facts by heart. Without these skills a democratic republic cannot survive in the long run. Continue reading Situational puzzles
Apparently there are schools on our planet which apply a system of dismerit points, point which are assigned to bad behaviour. And if a student reach a certain threshold, he or she will get detention or some other punishment. Continue reading On school discipline
The main purpose of education is to stimulate the intellectual development of the citizens of the republic. Acquiring factual knowledge is only a part, more important are the skills of weighing, analysing and evaluating information. Continue reading Education in space settlements: puzzles