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Reforming the education system to incorporate new findings about children

As a student myself, I am learning about many new research findings on how children learn and grow, leading me to wonder why this new knowledge isn't being incorporated into our current education system. I will give an example of two ideas that I believe would be beneficial to our education.

The first finding that I believe should be incorporated into how our educational system works is that certain age groups need a certain amount of sleep. For example, teenagers from 10-17 need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep and adults need 7-9 hours. Here I am trying to functional at 100% on 4 hours of sleep, and I know I could be so much more productive if I got enough rest. This knowledge is so well known, why do schools not give us time and realistic goals to have us get this healthy amount?

The second is the idea of the Eight Types of Intelligence including Linguistic, Logical, Kinesthetic, Spatial, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Natural. I just wonder how many kinestheticly intelligent children are diagnosed with things like ADHD when they just aren't made to sit still for 8 hours a day.

My idea is just to incorporate findings such as these to make education more effective and beneficial for the children and our future.

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  • Nov 18 2012: If you ever have any education courses you would learn that many things in education are not related to education. In fact, I am sure that you have observed it. Reread You Don't Understand Me #1 Kersey is using Meyers-Briggs He gives the distributions for the average public school (American) Why would you expect real interestr in Education. Basically the Promethians will be bored to death by anything but an honors or Whatever class Why are we deluding ourselves.? Germany for example gerts the other kids out of academics by eighth grade or whatever. politics and sales are not left brain endeavers.

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