With the end of another school year upon us I have come to realize that I am not ready yet. Then I came to realize that I don't think I'd ever be ready for then end of the school year. It seems that I am always thinking that maybe the children could have learned just a little more. Or maybe I should have taught them in a more detailed manner. Even with textbooks, we always add to our learning with additional research through the internet, encyclopedia, books and videos. I wondered how often children are taught strictly from textbooks. How weird to limit your learning to what's dictated in a certain curriculum! As if that curriculum in the final authority in what needs to be learned--- and no more. So, I have concluded that if my children had a conversation with textbook writers and they were able to give them added knowledge of what is printed in those textbooks, then they have really learned well.
And then I had the thought of whether it's really important to remember it all....I mean they can't anyway, as we only remember a certain percentage of all we read, hear and see. So isn't it important for each individual to remember what's important to them? After Brittany having mundane, detailed lessons on fish, birds, etc. it made me think. What really is important to remember? Even in this temporal world, I am developing my own philosphy. I am pondering this and may need to read more to come to a strong conclusion. Any thoughts?