5. How does Tonkla School view conventional education ?
Tonkla School understands that the growth of a child is a complicated process. We reject the traditional approach that simplifies education into memorization. In traditional public education of the 19th and 20th century, education was simplified into teachers telling the ‘right’ story and making sure students ‘know’ that story.
Tonkla School firmly believes in child developmental science. Just like adults, children achieve their potential when they are physically and mentally active and socially and intellectually engaged. We do not see how the traditional model of 50-plus students in a classroom listening to instruction would achieve our goals of fostering such highly-effective individuals.
With all of the above in mind, we design classes to involve our students. Our classroom prizes interaction between teacher-to-student and student-to-student. We believe in a holistic learning process through which students learn physically, mindfully, and intellectually. We aim to engage students’ interest and curiosity, growing them into engaging, vibrant, and independent young adults.
Magda Gerber, an early childhood educator, has said, “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the right pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better.”
" The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge
but imagination "