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CAPS ( AMIATO uses the Impaq Curriculum as one of their legs in High School for a child to obtain his South African Matric)
A structured curriculum with assessments that was compiled by the South African Department of Basic Education. It prescribes what teachers must do for every subject down to the hour. This approach has all the benefits and disadvantages of a structured curriculum, plus some additional ones.
The national curriculum can be used to transfer the values (as stated in the intention of CAPS) of the current government to the next generation, in order to ensure that the next generation will vote for the current government in future. On 18 March 2014, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, tweeted: “It is my duty to help educate the people of South Africa on how to vote for the ANC.”
Having a single national curriculum gives the state total control over learners and teachers. The state can easily monitor the progress of each learner (by means of the EMIS system) and prescribe to the finest detail what teachers must do.
If CAPS transfers values to learners that differ from the values that parents subscribe to, it negatively affects the relationship between learners and parents and through this contributes to the breakdown of families. Parental involvement in education is one of the most important factors determining the success of education. If CAPS negatively affects the relationship between parents and learners, it will affect parental involvement and in turn affect the success of education.
All the information on
CAPS requires reports and a portfolio of evidence that can only be provided by curriculum suppliers. Since compiling reports and a portfolio of evidence are very
In the introduction of
The analysis of a remedial phycologist has shown that CAPS is actually harmful to children. Click here to read the article.
Although CAPS was designed for schools, it is not even suitable for schools, because it places such an enormous burden on teachers that they lose the passion for teaching. Click here for a radio program on this.
Eclectic approach (Amiato uses this curriculum for the 4 year olds to grade 7 for subjects like Afrikaans, English and Maths)
Using a mixture of structured curriculums
The parents can tailor the educational program to each child’s individual needs.
It can be done at low cost.
It can be a very overwhelming approach
Tailoring an individual educational program can be
Some parents can be anxious that their children do not learn enough.
Unit Studies (Amiato uses this in grade 2 – 7, but mostly gr 4 – 7 in the place of CAPS History, Geography and Natural Science)
This is a fun, cheap and versatile approach where the whole family can partake. A topic in which the child is interested
It is also interesting to note that the Finnish education system which is regarded as one of the best in the
Unit studies encourage students to see a topic as a whole; they see the big picture, not just bits and pieces of it. This solves the problem of the lack of logical integration between subjects and makes the material easier to remember. This is beneficial to retention of learned material.
This is a lot more like learning from real-life experience. In fact, good unit studies will incorporate as many real-life experiences, such as field trips and science experiments, as possible. This makes learners more prepared for the real world and learning enjoyable.
When learning from unit studies, students develop the ability to study various facets of a topic which contribute to the development of their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. It also develops their research skills.
Topics can be chosen according to the interests of learners and with the purpose to build the character of the learner.
It is very suitable for mixed age groups.
Can be a cheap option.
It can sometimes be very time-consuming to prepare for a specific topic.
If certain subjects are over-emphasised, it has the same disadvantages as a structured curriculum.
It may be a challenge to cover all the academic subjects and parent then buy additional curriculum material for subjects like maths and languages.
Charlotte Mason (This is where the heart of Amiato is born, we believe this and I did this with my own two children)
A method that is based on Charlotte Mason’s firm belief that
It fosters creativity,
Living books are never boring.
Parents and children are more happy with these short and interesting lessons.
Because the method doesn’t rely on tests or drills, parents must learn to observe progress and document it through written notes. Children also keep a notebook, which serves as evidence of learning.
Classical books can sometimes be expensive.
Parents may feel uncertain if they choose the right books.
Traditional school education
The traditional approach, or structured curriculum, is based on a division of knowledge into grades and subjects and make use of formal assessments to measure progress.
Dividing knowledge into subjects and grades is a form of division of labour that makes it possible to deliver education in a school environment. Teachers can specialize in subjects and learners can be divided into manageable groups based on age.
It gives new and uncertain home educators a framework to rely on.
The child’s progress according to the curriculum can be easily monitored.
Families who like structure and routine prefer this approach Parents can just follow a teacher guide. No need to work out their own curriculum The assessment
The structured curriculum cannot be adapted to the interests and proficiencies of the learner. The limited number of subjects cannot be adapted to the interests and proficiencies of learners and tend to demotivate learners.
The structured curriculum cannot be adapted to the intellectual development of the learner, and therefore is not suitable for groups consisting of learners of different ages.
Gifted learners get bored in their grade and learners with any learning disability fall behind. Due to the negative effects of having children learn things for which they are not ready, a “delayed academics” movement has emerged.
Since boys and girls develop differently, and a structured curriculum cannot take these differences into account, it has been found that structured curriculums generally discriminate against boys.
The division of knowledge into
In order to achieve high marks in assessments, learners must continuously gather information in their short-term memory in order to regurgitate it during the examination. Since the information on which they were assessed has little relevance to the learners at that stage, they forget it again. A process where information is constantly consumed and purged can be described as intellectual bulimia, with negative consequences similar to physical bulimia. According John Holt, “…the anxiety children feel at constantly being tested, their fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces their ability both to perceive and to remember, and drives them away from the material being studied into strategies for fooling teachers into thinking they know what they really don’t know.”
Curriculum packages can be expensive.
The Classical education movement advocates a form of education purportedly based
Classical education aims to provide students with the tools that will enable them to become their own teachers throughout their lifetimes. A vast, inexhaustible world of learning is opened and, furthermore, the student is equipped to discern between that which is wholesome — contributing therefore to the uplifting of the mind — and that which is corrupting or debilitating. In other words, the student will be able to think critically and independently.
It requires a lot of 2-way communication between learners and teachers and is therefore beneficial to strengthen the relationship between parents and children.
It strongly develops analytical and critical thinking.
It follows the natural stages of child development.
Good fit for children who love learning languages.
Classical education requires a high amount of academic activity which is not always suitable for learners who are less academically and more practically inclined.
The current political environment is very hostile towards
Facts and subject matter can be introduced to students when they are not ready for it.
It can sometimes be too rigid and restrictive, especially when a child is gifted.
The Montessori method is based on the idea that learning should be a natural, self-directed process. It is also commonly referred to as child-led learning. Children learn best when they are left to discover.
The Montessori Method of education views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
While “Montessori” is used to cover a range of approaches the following practices are regarded as core:
Mixed age classrooms in 3 year-phases starting at ages 2½ or 3 to 6 years old and ending at 18.
Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options.
Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours.
A constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction.
Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators often made out of natural, aesthetic materials such as wood, rather than plastic.
A thoughtfully prepared and well-ordered environment where materials are organized by subject area, within reach of the child, and are appropriate in size.
Freedom of movement within the environment. As few homes can incorporate a full Montessori environment it is not possible to have one space for Montessori instruction materials have to be spread
In home-based Montessori Education a parent who has familiarized themselves with the Montessori philosophy and approach, who observes the individual child’s characteristics, tendencies, innate talents and abilities. The parent is a director or facilitator of learning rather than a didactic instructor.
Montessori school children choose how to spend their own time.
Hard academics are not the primary concern in preschool The system believes that children learn best at their own pace and in their own way.
Older children and younger children can learn from one another.
Children in Montessori schools are more ready to learn reading, writing and math than other children as they are not under the pressure.
Montessori-educated children were more peaceful and cooperative and less aggressive than other children in their age range The Montessori philosophy encourages students to develop their “soft skills,” the unquantifiable life skills such as responsibility, fairness, independence, adaptability and positivity.
By allowing children to determine the ways they spend their time in the classroom helps train them to be self-disciplined later in life.
There is no testing or grades issued or homework to teach them discipline and to measure their progress.
Children may not know how to handle a competitive environment later in life.
Montessori schools can be expensive.
Montessori may not be the best environment for a child who is extremely social or who can’t sit still and focus independently on a task.
A programme that is guided by the interests of the child with a strong emphasis
It encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves, believing that the more personal learning is, the more meaningful, well-understood and therefore useful it is to the child.
It is totally adapted to the interests, proficiencies and development of each individual
Children learn how to constantly master new knowledge independently, which makes this educational approach suitable to prepare learners for the 21st century.
It is very suitable for mixed age groups.
It is very suitable for children with special needs.
Gives parents and children a lot of freedom as leaning is not limited to a certain environment or learning material.
It is almost impossible to measure progress that can be shown to a third party.
It is the educational approach that is least understood by
Parents can be uncertain if their children learn enough, and if there are gaps in their education.
Parents know best how their children