Essay on Designing An Ideal Education System

1097 Words Jun 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The notion that students can, and will pay more attention to subjects that interests them, as opposed to those that do not, is an important one in the designing of an ideal education system (Montessori, 1915 as cited in Murphy, 2006). Without this consideration, the student’s potential to concentrate will be measured by the amount of attention they are able to pay to subjects in school, subjects determined by the educator. Realistically, this potential may vary greatly when the student is faced with a subject that they, and not the educators, find interesting. Once the student encounters these subjects, their willingness, perhaps ability to focus is dramatically improved. This improved focus results in an ideal education because Montessori (1968) maintained a conviction that if left to their own devices, allowed to pursue what interests them, human beings would be more engaged, affording them the opportunity to experience things that, not being engaged, they would have never encountered. In other words, a disengaged student would have no reason to want experiences that they have no interest in, and could avoid. But, more experience by itself does not equal an ideal education. Rather, “adults are intelligent or unintelligent according to the opportunities they have had to learn from experience” (Montessori, 1946, p. 15). Thus, learning and experience become inextricably linked, making attention, which is vital to experience, of paramount importance if the student is to learn…

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