When not given the chance to make free choice, many children are missing on essential growth and development factors.  In addition to not being allowed to practice an essential right, i.e. freedom of choice, they are not given the opportunity to discover their talent, refine it, and eventually benefit from it.

 

Many children do not like schooling the way it is being done nowadays, but they have no choice, so they lose interest and start cooperating only when obliged. An unhappy child makes their family unhappy and teachers find it difficult to maintain good influence on discontented children. A less motivated child learns less, and is definitely more difficult to communicate with. Moreover, when a child is not involved in choosing what to learn, some areas where that child may excel will not be discovered, talent will not be honed and the whole educational system fails to make students happy and productive.

 

Students who are not trained to make free choice find difficulties when they reach university and all of a sudden become expected to make decisions regarding course selection.  They make choices that may not suit them.  They are delayed while they search for what they may be good at or what they like to be. In brief, their education may suffer.

 

Children growth does not just happen overnight, they do not suddenly become adults who are capable of good reasoning just on the morning of their eighteenth birthday. It is necessary that children gradually learn how to make choices that are related to their education, and eventually to their life. A society where children are being brought up to practice passive obedience breaks into two main clusters, that of the autocratic leaders, and that of the passive citizens.  Passive masses expect to be lead and do not question their leaders. They are not capable of holding their leaders accountable or correcting them. As a result their societies development is slowed down.

 

I am definitely not recommending a broad move to a no curriculum; I am however endorsing that schools provide every child, depending on the child’s readiness, with the opportunity to experience some choice in what they learn, and some choice in how they learn it.  For that purpose teachers and children need to be provided with resources to facilitate choice and guidance provided to students should become dependent on the child's need.

 

Changes in our mode of operation have hence become necessary in order to tackle the above issues and allow for some freedom of choice of curriculum content and ways of learning that enhance child mental and personal development and meet the expectations of all the different stakeholders, students, teachers, parents, the community and the educational authorities.