A good school would be equipped to focus on the different mental-development stages of your child, as well as physical-growth patterns.
At Smart Study Center we are influenced by 2 fundamental education philosophies:
- Pedagogy – Pedagogy, taken as an academic discipline, is the study of how knowledge and skills are exchanged in an educational context, and it considers the interactions that take place during learning – click for deeper understanding
- An exceptional foundation for modern education is based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. See philosophy founders, Friedrich Fröbel and Johann Pestalozzi for more information
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
“He founded several educational institutions both in German- and French-speaking regions of Switzerland and wrote many works explaining his revolutionary modern principles of education. His motto was “Learning by head, hand and heart”. Thanks to Pestalozzi, illiteracy in 18th-century Switzerland was overcome almost completely by 1830.
Several of the many problems with mainstream and public schools.
- Often rankings of a good school in South Africa is based on percentage of passing Matrics and excellence in sport/academic activities. Unfortunately, there is a glaring gap in this accomplishment and the lack of mature (having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult) young adults joining tertiary institutions and workplaces.
- When a child is struggling (below the acceptable grade for passing) with either their education, sport, or social activities there is not adequate support to assist their individual needs. There is nothing, I repeat, nothing wrong with the child! The system is designed for mass production, and this results in the inevitable inefficient recommendation of Extra Lessons, expensive Tutors, or Medicinal Prescriptions for the children who need to be treated as individuals.
- When younger children excel beyond their classroom/grade peers, they are not allowed to power forward, but instead are held back, effectively breaking their momentum, till everyone is on the same level. We find many children who were achieving high grades from Grade R-> Grade 4-6 start becoming average students as the boredom and lack of stimulation make them lackluster, and in some cases completely timid in their attitude towards schooling in general.
- Private schools are driven by greedy Investors seeking high-returns out of their education investments. And Government schools getting their funds mismanaged by lethargic and slow governing bodies and cut annually by provincial education departments. To the point where they are becoming more and more of a last resort for parents wanting their children to get a decent education.
- South Africa’s CAPS curriculum is ranked near the bottom for education systems. With some of our poorer neighbors beating us, even though they have almost 10% of the infrastructure we have. (See Article in The Economist)
How does Smart Study Center approach these problems?
Initially most education facilities were built with the idea of allowing children to learn as individuals and give them exposure to life-principles and experiences that allowed them to mature as people.
Somewhere along the line growing populations, and increased pressure from boards and governing bodies on teacher’s time, as well as administration spiralled us into the situation we find ourselves in. With one teacher managing the administration and monotony of, on average, upwards of 40 children on a single day. Many high school teachers are having to deal with multiple classes of 30-40 students at a time, meaning they take care of the administration welfare of over 100 students per day.
Thankfully, we now live in a time when technology and education have reached a critical tipping point that allows us to, once again, start creating balance in our children’s lives.
Our in-house tutors teaching top international curricula and the classes are small enough to still allow the students to receive individual attention. They also give students the time and space to develop themselves and reduce stress by decreasing workload and increasing daily rest times. (Stanford study on homework and stress)
Smart Study Center Tutors have a threefold approach to helping your child: (Highly dependent on a per child case)
- We first de-school the child with personalised activities and teaching methods that train your child to think for himself, and get out of the memorise-everything mindset that is required in schools.
- We then start working around the process of increasing your child’s focus times, based on certain goals we layout ahead of time with you.
- We then start the process of teaching your child to self-learn.
Once this process is complete your child is a different person completely. There will be an improved form of motivation that you have not seen before.
Imagine a classroom where each child can learn at their own pace, has absolutely no discrimination based on age, grade passed, or other merit, but still drives leadership-excellence as our number one priority.
We are achieving this! With the result of taking failing students and translating them into driven students that excel, shy students that flourish in safe spaces, and best of all; a winning formula for future leaders that can make the difference South Africa needs.
In education size matters, but so does the time educators can assign to individual students, as well as an active planned process for stimulating and exposing children and adolescents to real-world preparation. (See Smart Study Center’s Six Leadership Pillars)
When it comes to education, it’s time to rethink what our children really need. We need to stop doing what makes us comfortable, or what we’re used to, as we’re negatively affecting their futures.
On the same level of importance as preparing our financial futures, is preparing our children’s educational future.