Never in humankind’s history have we made the strides that we have in the area of education, particularly that of the child. There was a time in history when it was an oddity to see a child below the age of five receiving formal education. But the narrative has changed; no longer does the little girl need to touch the tips of the opposite ear before she is deemed worthy of being taught her letters. We now have educational tools and curricula tailored to suit every stage of a child’s development (even as a fetus!). In the eyes of the educators of the past, we have achieved the impossible, for we have found the tools to give letters and numbers to the children whom they would have called un-teachable, and we have made bright the other tools in the box.
Indeed, we should pat ourselves on the back. We have discovered and formulated an abundance of methods and tools such as Simplilearn, to cater to the myriad and unique needs of children. Like every coin, this one too has a flip side; there is so much at our disposal, that frequently we unwittingly apply the wrong tools to the education of children. A somewhat acceptable solution to this conundrum is the one-size-fits-all approach. The approach may yield some results, but it goes without saying that for the best results, one should use the right tools for the job. In the same vein, using the right educational tools will benefit learning among children in many ways.
- Allows for Early Detection and Intervention
The right educational tool, by default, will be expeditious in bringing to light areas in which a child may be deficient and may require additional attention or a supplementary educational tool even. With the wrong tools, these deficiencies will most likely go unnoticed and unattended, thereby retarding the learning efficiency of the child.
2. Maximizes Learning Efficiency
Learning efficiency is a measure of a child’s educational progress. It takes cognizance of a student’s performance improvement as well as the time needed for the improvement. As has already been established, the right tool will maximize learning efficiency; this it does by revealing any areas of a child’s educational development that may require fortifying.
3. Saves Time
The right educational tool will “hit the ground running.” That is to say that the educational needs of a child are attended to right away, and head-on, which is opposed to the sedate pace and roundabout route of a one-size-fits-all approach or the blatant stagnancy that will be the result of applying wrong educational tool. The right tool will save time not only for the child (ren) but for the educators as well.
In conclusion, “if the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” These were the words of Abraham Maslow. In some cases, a hammer might suffice for a practical solution, but never would the solution be called perfect. And then there are the times when a hammer will fail, fail miserably.