Australian medical professionals and teachers share something in common – they recognise the critical gap in the education system and are trying to do something about it.
Both teachers and medical professionals are recognising that Australian schools fail to teach children according to their brain development or learning style. As they become parents themselves, they are flocking to alternative early learning schools such as Shichida Australia where they are quickly becoming the centre’s largest demographic.
The Shichida Method is a wholistic teaching method coined by a Japanese school teacher who recognised the importance of early childhood stimulation and parenting on shaping a person’s entire life. Shichida is one of the only teaching methods that caters to children’s subconscious learning style and reflects the brain’s acquisition of abilities in its age-specific curriculum. Not only that, Shichida includes parents in its classes to get them actively involved in their child’s education – a factor that is widely agreed upon by experts to directly affect children’s motivation to learn and their success at school.
Unfortunately the early education system in Australia continues to be ignored despite overwhelming evidence that quality early education has immense benefits for society. Whether it’s a widespread ignorance about the importance of birth-to-five education (let kids be kids) or a cultural rejection of education and intelligence (tall poppy syndrome), by the time many Australian children reach school their brains have already formed much of their internal structure without adequate stimulation, meaning that important foundations for learning such as literacy, numeracy, language, social skills, emotional intelligence, concentration and imagination are just not there. When other OECD countries are investing greater expenses into their birth-to-five early learning programs, it’s no surprise why Australian kids fall behind the rest of the world.
Teachers are the first to see this gap in their work. They see the children who haven’t yet mastered or even covered the basics at home and are therefore unable to catch up once they enter the school system – no matter how much time or tutoring they receive later on. They see the parents who are clueless or complacent about their role in their child’s education and the parents who are still resenting their own experience with the broken school system pass on negative attitudes towards learning to their children.
Medical professionals having studied biology and human development know just how critical the sensitive period is too, as the brain literally triples its weight during this time and then barely dips the scale ever again. They are also aware of how early experiences directly influence a person’s physical health in adulthood as long studies show that people whose brains were under-stimulated at the time they were 3 years old went on to make up 78% of the population consuming prescription medication as adults.
But what about the children in Finland? They don’t start school until they’re 7 and they always get good results on international tests! The difference lies in the much more positive and proactive cultural attitude towards learning and school and the standard that parents play an important role in their child’s early education. Children in Finland gain the necessary foundations for learning before they go to school from their first and best teachers – their parents.
Teaching your child the basics doesn’t have to be stressful for you or your child. Shichida Australia covers foundations for all bases from 6 months to 9 years old with fun toys, games, songs and sensory play. Parents just need to show up to be guided on how to play with their child to make the most positive difference to their future.