The current traditional education has focused on standardized testing and rote memorization, instead of fostering creativity, imagination, and fun,.
Many parents simply don’t think that their children are getting a solid foundation, let alone preparation to thrive in today’s global environment. Fortunately, there is a growing awareness that enrichment center can offer to bridge the gap between academic, emotional, and social development in building the foundation.
What Are Some Options For Parents?
In Malaysia, parents are turning to tuition centers and home schools. It is one way for parents to take control of their children’s education, however, these centers lack holistic education that their children need.
Enter enrichment learning centre.
A Look At Homeschooling
Homeschooling, for instance, was chosen by parents who had time, the knowledge-base, and the motivation to teach their children. This alternative isn’t without its benefits: parents felt that they could teach their children at desired pace, and they were able to monitor the children’s progress. But how many parents have the time and financial resources to stay at home and be educators? And how many parents know how to teach effectively?
How About Sending Children To Tuition Centers?
The quest to propel their children to the competitive top ranking positions has prompted the popularity of tuition centers. In fact, 97% of Singaporean students, 90% of South Korean students (in primary schools), and about 85% of senior secondary students in Hong Kong seek tutoring.
The advantage of tuition centres is that they reinforce the academic subjects; the children are tutored rigorously in certain subject areas with the help of a team of specialists. The idea is to raise test scores, grades, competency, and better chance to enter the best schools.
The Disadvantages of Homeschooling and Tuition Centres
While individual case is different, home schools and tuition centers certainly have their limitations. To begin with, parents who homeschool their children need to devote ample time to choosing the right course materials and using a methodology that works for the child. Moreover, their child needs to be measured against the average academic level at public schools.
Homeschooling requires time and energy, and there is an aspect of lost opportunity in income too. Some children may find it difficult to accept their parents’ role as their teachers, and they may limited exposure to social interaction or challenges common in competitive environment.
Tuition centres have a different set of issues: they reinforce school content with the aim of preparing students to pass exams with better grades.
Why Enrichment Learning Such As Scholar Base Is An Effective Solution
Unlike homeschooling or tuition centres, enrichment centres offer students a higher level of engagement in a fun approach. This approach supplements students’ knowledge and develop critical thinking skills as well as character building.
Instead of rote learning for exams, enrichment centers seek to motivate students to continue learning and applying the subject matter to their daily lives. In this learning environment, teacher-student and peer-to-peer interaction help spark creative thinking and curiosity.
Apart from academic, enrichment learning centers nurture social and emotional developments, increase students confidence, crucial problem-solving and leadership skills. In fact, establishing enrichment learning methodologies in schools (especially early childhood education) prepares students for long-term success.
At Scholar Base, we adopt a creative learning methodology, which is proven effective in educating children. Our certified and dedicated educators groom the students to be innovative and be part of the superior pool of resource in the workforce.
The coming entries will delve more deeply into the benefits of enrichment education and how it can form a part of our current educational system. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave those in the comment section below. We’d like to hear from you!