It is clear that there is something that goes wrong in the educational system of many countries. Each time we tend more to move children away from the game, exploration and innovation, and force them to achieve goals that adults want to achieve in them. Entire years are lost to prepare them for costly standardized tests and even, the most important and important time of the day, recess, is being sacrificed to leave more time for study. This is clearly abusive for children .
This is not the way children should learn. Children are increasingly stressed, suffer high rates of ADHD, obesity and depression. Parents force them to dedicate several hours to homework each day, not to mention the constant extracurricular activities and additional tutoring, all with the excuse of preparing them as best as possible for adult life.
In the words of Hohn Dewey, American pedagogue and psychologist, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. " Without a doubt, there is another way to teach children to enjoy it without losing their childhood, turning them into creative innovators, rather than robots.
A new documentary called " NaturePlay: Take Childhood Back " delves into this theme, taking the view that children are now threatened species in the world, but that there is hope if you know where to look for it.
Its director is Dan Stilling, a Danish who has experienced the American educational system firsthand, and who intends to show in this documentary how the children in the Scandinavian countries, compared to the United States. The result is a beautiful 80-minute documentary that moves from the forests near Copenhagen to the Norwegian fjords, treating the unusual and wonderful patterns of education in these countries. The film has been very well received and has already been done with 5 international awards .
The main difference shown by the film is that "children belong to nature, and, nature it belongs to education. " Many children attend daycares, where they spend most of the day out, rain or shine. Even children who live in urban environments usually go to natural parks, where they engage in nature for hours.
Children of only 3 years, they leave knives and saws and teach them to use them correctly. They use fishing poles, tie their own knots or climb steep slopes and walls. They are encouraged to fire or help prepare school meals.
Natural play areas are carefully and consciously designed, with heaps of boulders, rough terrain, hanging ropes, obstacle courses, and loose pieces, including elements which can be dangerous like old boards with nails. Nordic adults understand risk assessment. They know how to find that balance between getting some damage and learning a great lesson and the real dangers.
] The producer of the film explains why it is so relevant at this time:
"We are in a state of violent turmoil in our society, and relations with other species on our planet are in conflict. Why? We always treat the symptoms, but never cause them. If we look at the way we educate our children and the way we make them relate to humanity, all the pieces would fit. Empathy between races, between us and with our planet. We have to find a way to connect humanity with nature in the next generation. "
" The rules are too rigid. Common sense is better. "
What do you think of this great reflection on education? What do you think of the Scandinavian education system? Tell us in the comments!
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Source: Tree Hugger