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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: Ahh, I should have looked more into Gardner's theory to realize how old it is! It's new to me as I just learned about it in class ;).

    With the sleep issue I think it may also have to do with my major, graphic design. It's a lot of practical work that has to be perfected, taking a lot of time. And to stand out from the many other graphic design students trying to get jobs requires me to put in more time as opposed to those who would sleep more or use time for non-school activities in order to develop a better portfolio. I definitely try to make my time as productive as possible, don't worry! I am also, sometimes regrettably, one of those perfectionist students.

    Thank you all for your responses, it's really interesting to hear other opinions about ideas swirling in my head. I actually came here on a school assignment, but will be frequenting these forums more as there is some fascinating things being discussed.

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