I do think our take on education in this country is concerning. We teach kids to memorize and parrot, not think for themselves. Giving a test-prep book to a preschooler is ludicrous. They shouldn’t be worrying about “testing” until maybe their freshman year in high school. In the meantime, have fun, play, figure out your interests (music, arts, sports, math, science). How about we teach the critical fundamentals (reading, writing, history, science, math, the arts) and allow kids to actually find themselves in education. Finland has a fantastic system for education. By the time their kids graduate high school, they know themselves, they speak several languages, have varied interested, and don’t stress over the same things the kids here to in terms of test scores. Also, kids don’t get denied a meal there. Look up international school lunches — it’ll make you sick how yummy they look compared to what we serve here in the states.
Kids are not pressured to perform like cymbal or grinder monkeys being poked with sticks. They are given the freedom to experience their education and grow, not get mired down with 5+ hours of homework every night, starting from elementary school.
If you’ve studying anything about “learning how to learn,” we do it entirely backwards here. In terms of enjoying education and learning new things, I acquired more in college, taking pleasure in doing crosswords and reading, and experimenting with various online learning for upskilling, than I ever did in traditional preK-12. Then, all I did was homework and tests.