Explain the Nature of Education during Childhood

Introduction

Childhood is the period between infancy and adolescence. Jean Jacques Rousseau, an 18th-century philosopher, observed childhood as a period occurring between birth and 12 years.

Nature of Education during Childhood

Childhood is a period during which feelings of jealousy, insecurity, and pride develop due to which the nature of education should be as follows:

  1. Childhood is a period during which children are looking for ideals upon whom they model themselves due to which it is important for teachers and elders to serve as good role models.
  2. Children should be given adequate mental exercises to ensure proper development of their mind.
  3. Childhood is a period of various interests. Therefore, teachers should take the interests of children into consideration and teach accordingly.
  4. Children are keen to learn about the world around them and the reality. Hence, teaching social sciences such as Geography, History, and Civics is important.
  5. During childhood, children’s writing skills should be emphasized upon and they should be given creative writing exercises.
  6. The all round development of children should be stressed upon due to which teachers should encourage their participation in co-curricular activities.
  7. Bookish knowledge should not be emphasized much during childhood. Oral exercises should be included more to increase their knowledge.
  8. The co-curricular activities included in the curriculum should be child oriented.
  9. Different traits such as cooperation, kindness, honesty, politeness, love, and discipline should be developed during childhood.
  10. Teachers should project good behavior and act as a good example because children look up to their teachers.