One of the most significant differences between Leadership Education and other classical styles of education has to do with the belief that people, especially children, learn differently at different ages.
Thus, there are different phases for learning certain lessons.
When the The 7 Keys of Great Teaching are applied with the Phases in mind, it’s like hitting the sweet spot–less muscle, greater outcomes!
Our offerings for family learning are designed to provide maximum inspiration for an engaged learning experience where the child’s mind and heart are open, and her love of learning is preserved, not just for early gains, but for long-term success.
Some of the greatest researchers in childhood behavior (Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Peter Gray, and Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore) agree that children pushed academically at an early age tend to burn out early in adulthood, or long before.
A hate of learning is developed when children are forced to perform at a young age, and becomes a huge obstacle to learning at precisely at the time when non-pressured young minds have the potential to be the most curious and inquisitive!
When a young person enters youth with a passion for learning and an increased level of emotional and neurological maturity, they can study long, hard and effectively with a deep sense of purpose. They are able to make and keep commitments with an inner drive to excel.
How sad it is when we push little ones to the point of emotional exhaustion, and then expect far too little from our brilliant teens. It’s absolutely backwards!
Children normally are not mature enough for formal school programs until their senses, coordination, neurological development, and cognition are ready.
Piagetian experiments have shown repeatedly that cognitive maturity may not come until close to age twelve. Interestingly, the ancient Orthodox Jews, known over the world for their brilliance, provided little or no formal schooling until after age twelve for girls and thirteen for boys when children were considered able to accept full responsibility for their actions.
Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook, page 44