Friday, February 11, 2011

Education Out Of The Classroom - PH

PhotoHunt theme :Education

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In Taipei, Taiwan

My husband and I believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.We want our son to become educated through experience rather than theory.

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Learning to interact with matured high achievers

Not too long ago, my son traveled to Taiwan to take advantage of a unique learning environment not normally encountered within schools.

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tasting the local food in Taipei's famed night market

He had the opportunity to extend his knowledge beyond the classroom, learning in a fun, engaging and more stimulating context. The older participants who come from varied backgrounds and professions were generous in sharing their knowledge and experience.

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He observed two campaign rallies held in Taipei and was fortunate to see Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou in person.

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Although he is too young to vote at the coming election, he gains a deep understanding watching our leaders in the decision-making process.

The result was an insight into a world that had previously been completely foreign. He brought home newly forged friendships and lasting memories from this trip.

Education is one of the best investments one ever makes, opening up a path of personal growth and life opportunities.






First Commenter -

28 comments:

  1. I remember he went to Japan too, right?

    I too believe in education out of the classroom. Well, both in and out the class are important.

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  2. A great post ECL, and I wholeheartedly agree with you :) Education is a right :) Happy photo hunt and weekend!

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  3. met President!? wooow what a great experience!!

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  4. Yupe! Learning through experience...especially when we are outside of the 4 walls is by far more effective. :) and of course enjoyable.

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  5. We took the same route in presenting our photo hunt today. Have a lovely week.

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  6. Lina,
    Yes, he was in Japan for a month and also a few trips to China.

    He learns much more from theses trips.

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  7. Niki,
    Jaymes has the honour of meeting the President of Taiwan and Singapore, and Presidents of MNCs (multi-national companies). :)

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  8. Tekkaus,
    I wish there is more learning out of the classroom experiences for our students. I truly see the positive difference in my son after all these eye-opening trips.

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  9. ewok,
    Great minds think alike. :D
    Happy photohunt!

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  10. Great opportunity for your son to gain more education. Love this post!

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  11. I agree education is one of the best investments. Your son is fortunate to have visionary parents like you and your husband who sees the value of learning beyond the classroom. :)

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  12. Great post for the theme ECL and what a wonderful experience that must have been for your son.

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  13. ancient one,
    It was an eye-opener and a wonderful way to learn.

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  14. oceanskies,
    With the education system in Singapore schools being run like a production plant where students are moulded to certain specifications, it is not good for the development and future of our country. The better 'products' are expected to become our leaders one day.

    We need the young to think out of the box and have innovative, creative ideas in order to ccmpete globally.

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  15. Carver,
    It was a memorable trip. He still raves about it and is looking forward to the next one. :)

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  16. Your son is very lucky to have parents with beliefs about education like you and your husband. More than BTW, I was drawn to the college I went to -- and love -- because its brochure talked about it being a place "where education is not confined to the classroom" and found that this was indeed so when I was there. (E.g., my first weekend there, I went on a geological field trip to Indiana Dunes! And before I graduated, did things like attend archaeology field school in the Four Corners region of the US and intern at a museum in London.)

    Let me know if you'd like to know the name of the college. (I don't want to seem like I'm spamming otherwise. So... ;b)

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  17. That's the best way to learn. Looks like he enjoyed the trip so much.

    Have a wonderful weekend ECL!

    Liz @ MLC

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  18. Seeing other countries and mixing with people from different cultures opens up wonderful opportunities of both learning and understanding to us all.
    Many schools in Britain now have school councils which have mostly children sitting on them. This helps them to understand the decision making process.
    I still love finding out new things - I doubt whether I will ever tire of reading pieces of new information. This, of course, is one of the things I enjoy about your blog ... I particularly enjoyed the post that you did - I believe some time last year on the tiny shoes of China. Thank goodness that they no longer bind the feet of young girls!

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  19. What a lovely take on the theme. And what a great experience! Happy weekend.

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  20. What a wonderful education you are giving your son! Jaymes is seeing how the world works, firsthand.

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  21. a great part of learning is found not inside the classroom. :-)

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  22. What an educational trip. Good for him! :)

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  23. Wow ECL you are well on the way to creating a well rounded young man.

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  24. Good for you - as a teacher I agree whole heartedly - so much of a good education takes place outside of the classroom!

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  25. that's a great experience for your son to enrich his knowledge beyond the classroom.

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  26. Yeah hands on experience is the best learning. Guess the old Chinese saying about travelling a thousand miles is much better than reading 10,000 books.

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  27. education is very important and it starts t home

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