DrMikey wrote:I have a friend whose child is in kindergarten and, thanks to Khan Academy, can do simple multiplication and understands area and perimeter, and how to calculate them (among other things.)
I have mixed feelings about this. While it's awesome that this kindergarten aged child can perform these tasks, and truly understands math behind them, there are potential social issues involved, as well as potential classroom issues. For instance, the child can end up bored by the simplified math questions that his peers are being prepared to face, and behaviorally act out. While he may be advanced in mathematics, he may still need the standard age-appropriate reading skills taught (or other subject matters... reading was chosen at random--not necessarily representative this particular child.)
If the child does happen to advance well beyond his grade level, will he be prepared emotionally and socially for age-appropriate behaviors for classes that he is involved in? Will he miss out on important social developmental milestones? Will this cause emotional or social problems or issues to arise at a later date? These are all potential hazards of this situation, but are really present because of grade level/age based advancement nature of our school systems. In a Montessori setting, it's not necessarily as much of an issue.
I think Khan Academy is a great tool. In instances where the entire school district is using it, I think it better serves the school in general. Still, that requires that all students have access to hardware and the software allowing them to use the programs. That's a wholly separate issue, though. And of course not every system has the resources to ensure that.
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DrMikey wrote:Jinx wrote: You need to be charismatic, wise, intelligent, driven and humble.
And people wonder why I stopped teaching...
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