This new movie from David Sereda through Voice Entertainment has introduced me to some new concepts regarding education. There is no doubt that the children entering our world now are different from past generations. Grandparents can tell you that they are different, in many ways, than their children who are having them. They learn at screaming speeds. They are interested in concepts that seem beyond their years. They are busy, curious, and full of energy. They are also being diagnosed in astonishing numbers to have ADD, ADHD, Bi-Polar Disorder, etc., and put on more and more drugs to control them. So what is happening?
We know that each generation "inherits" certain knowledge passed on from previous generations. The Empty Slate philosophy, whereby children know nothing when born, has long been pushed aside in Human Development fields. In fact babies are very aware little beings the moment they enter this world. They just don't realize they are separate from their parents or their environment. Which may be more intuned with what is in fact reality, but that is another discussion.
I see an educational crises in our country, and I would bet the same thing is happening in many other countries. Our children have evolved past linear-sequential learning, which is the basis of how we teach in our school systems. We know that people learn differently - some are auditory learners, some visual, and some kinetic (touch.) Yet when these children (kinetic) go into an alpha state, which is a learning state, they are staring down and to the right - which is exactly when most teachers reprimand them for not paying attention.
Our children are learning in 3-D, especially through video games. They learn to assess situations as a "whole" not in the parts that are the basis of linear-sequential learning. This can be a big problem at the high school level. These young adults are simply bored. Their worlds are huge through the Internet, games, instant communication, the ability to follow up on anything of interest simply by using Google. They are getting information from all directions. They see the world differently. What could they learn about math, science, history, art, if given the opportunity to learn through mind-expanding techniques? Video games that teach, instead of brain wash them for war and violence? What if we taught our high-schoolers to meditate? To pay attention to their connections to Universal Consciousness. How could that change how and what they learn? Would they be able to teach as well?
Tomorrow we will look at some extraordinary children. Let's listen to what they have to say.
ADDENDUM - "Tomorrow" will actually be Thursday - I couldn't resist the Cairo post.