Growing up, I was not taught in a typical school setting. My elementary school experience consisted of hands on learning. Each lesson we learned was practiced continually until we mastered and could explain concepts instead of the normal regurgitation method. Students are encouraged for creativity and individuality in an attempt to change the “normal” approach to learning. This method of fluidity training is one of the reasons why I believe that Montessori programs are better for students learning especially at a young age.
The problem is that these programs do not typically exist beyond the eighth grade, and are more scarce in higher education. I would love to make a career of creating a program, and eventually a school where students are free to express themselves and to learn things that really interest them in a way that works for them. In my experience, I’ve learned that every student is unique in the ways that they learn. Some prefer to just read and have conversations with others about particular topics, whereas some prefer to listen to lectures from different professors and try a more hands on approach to the problem. I believe this will encourage many students in a way that our current educational system does not. I believe that this idea will encourage actual learning and application of different concepts learned instead of regurgitation of lessons learned for a grade.