The motivation for a lot of parents to ensure that their child achieve high T-scores and academic results is motivated by their desire for their children to be successful. The premise is that if their child can get a good education – study in a good secondary school, high school, and university, he will be able to do well professionally.
But what does success really mean? Do we just want our children to be successful with their careers? What about with their social lives? Is a person successful just because he has a high level of education and is working in a top ranking corporation? Would you still consider a person successful if he had businesses globally but is experiencing family breakup?
Success should be translated to how good a person feels. In other words, success equals happiness. Whether a person is successful or not depends on his expectations. Therefore only that individual can decide whether he is successful or not.
The Dangers of Over Focus on Academics
- The period of growth from preschool to the teenage years is when an individual is best able to develop his interests, but if he is too busy studying for exams, he won’t have the time to discover his passions.
- Parents who are too focussed on their children’s academic results will not be able to understand their child’s true heart.
- Too much pressure on children to focus on academics is leading to a growing number of individuals developing psychosomatic disorders with suicide as the worst case scenario.
Children’s unique abilities and talents which are beneficial skills in society cannot be developed or mastered merely by achieving high scores in examinations.
Do not misconstrue that exams and school are bad. Being able to achieve high education does widen a child’s possibility of choices. What is required, therefore, is an education system that allows children to live the life of a child. What is required is an education that enhances the capabilities of the heart (EQ), provides a child with some spare time, and still enables a child to study for school exams in a relaxed manner.
Brain physiologists have said that we utilise only a small proportion of our brain’s potential (some 3-5%). By training the undeveloped brain during a child’s preschool period and guiding him to link the usage between the left and right brain, less time will be required for a child to remember the knowledge required for school exams. Studying, learning, and school, therefore, becomes easier and more relaxed. Children are then free to pursue other areas of interests.
The first step to education should not be focussed on feeding the brain with facts and figures, but to enlarge the “container” of the brain itself. A good analogy would be to consider a cup being filled with water. If you try to pour in streams of water into a cup endlessly, there will still be no change in the amount of water the cup can contain. If you pour too much, the cup will simply overflow. Therefore, it it important to consider the education methods that will enable you to enlarge the size of the cup.
Currently, most education systems and schools do not conduct activities that assist in enlarging the brain “container”. This is what right brain education schools are trying to address.