There was a special on NOVA about the future of education. The first part of the documentary stresses the importance of an excellent early childhood education. Children are developing the architecture in their minds to be able to focus on activities and tasks. They are learning to focus and follow-through on tasks in front of them rather than the distractions around them. Researchers at Oregon State University also stress that access to a quality early childhood education gives children access to success with future learning opportunities.
The documentary also stresses how important engagement is with children. If children are engaged with healthy activities - including healthy cultural, physical and educationally stimulating activities - they will be able to practice blocking-out external distractions and focusing on what is happening in front of them. But what defines a healthy cultural activity? What defines a healthy physical activity? What defines a healthy activity that is educational as well as stimulating? An Ipad can be stimulating - but is it educational? Is it contributing to your child's growth and development? Or are the apps your child is using creating disorganization in the mind? What about face-timing with real people? And relatives? What are the differences between that and a fast-paced game or video?
Children also spend a majority of their time between school and their family. How can we help children learn, develop, grow and overcome stresses at home and in the world around them? How can we help parents learn, develop, grow and overcome the stresses at home and in the world around them as well? How can we help parents and children grow and learn together?