Education: Innovative Methods Pay Off

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One of the most vital elements a parent can provide their child is a strong educational foundation. Statistics from the DEO demonstrate the primary education years are critical. Having a direct comparison by raising two sons, the instructional distinctions between public and private primary schools are quite astounding, especially where art and music are concerned. Private schools have the flexibility to embrace proven instructional theories. One such theory is an art and music based curriculum.

The Florida Music Educators Association offers insight that supports such instruction. According to Steven N. Kelly, Associate Professor of Education, FSU, “These activities are the end product of an education process that requires a multi-sensorial learning focus for students. Students in music classes must develop skills in aural listening, decision-making, spatial reasoning, kinesthetic movement, eye-hand coordination, and oral communication.” The professor’s conclusions were based on statistics from state Department of Education reports and the National Educational Longitudinal Survey.

An Innovation Learning Center
Daybreak Academy of the Arts embraces a similar educational theory. The pristine and innovation community center offers age appropriated music and art-based instruction.
The academy’s goal is to foster an appreciation of the arts while encouraging creative and scholastic development in children. In addition to providing a nurturing and safe environment, age appropriate academic instruction includes science, math skills, and reading.

Daybreak Academy also proudly embraces alternative energy and environmental responsibility. The academy powers all of the lighting via a Windspring windmill, setting them apart from other Schools in South Jordan, UT.

“Not only is our windmill a beautiful piece of modern art, it helps generate enough electricity to power the lights in our building!”

Private Education Conclusions
Both of my sons attended private schools. The oldest received a public primary education, followed by middle school private instruction. The change came about because of local public school rezoning. Simultaneously, my youngest reached school age and therefore attended the same school.

The oldest went on to produce an art portfolio and pursue a military career based thereof. The school helped him to discover and develop a talent that for five years went unnoticed. As for his younger brother, he dedicated five years to writing lyrics and singing in a local band. Moving on, he obtained an AS degree in digital photography and is currently studying to achieve a BA degree in Fine Art.

At times, it was difficult to meet the expense however the results were far beyond our expectations.

Comments

  1. I finished my primary education in a public school without thinking much the different between a public and a private school but you are correct, my two sons (ages 8 and 5) whom we enrolled both in a private makes the differences. I’m comparing myself when I was their age, and oh boy…they’re education is much more advance.

  2. It’s really much of a muchness in there. Each has the pros and cons for and against. It is really down to personal choice!

  3. Thinking outside the box is the key i agree. In Australia they recently did a study about children doing homework at home. And they found if there is an incentive for kids such as not doing homework, relying on if they perform better during school hours, then there results actually improve towards the end of the year without doing homework.

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