The mystery of educational innovation

To innovate in education is not only to integrate the technology in the classrooms, the change must be deeper and centered on the child as protagonist of the learning. Theeducational innovation, to be truly novel, it has to come from the hand of a change of educational paradigm.In the case of Spain, for example, practically every legislature involves the creation of a new education law, a new makeup for the same basic base. Encouraging education is the best way to motivate children and proactive parenthood is one of the best mechanisms, since it supports children from childhood.

Throughout history educational media have been changing, and what 50 years ago was effective and lawful, is now considered outdated and unfruitful. And, while the tastes and habits of young people are changing, so must pedagogical techniques.


In recent years, much has been said about school failure. Specifically in Spain, approximately 20% of young people between 18 and 24 years of age have dropped out of school without even getting a school degree. This figure is well above the European average, which stands at 11%. But this problem goes beyond young rebels who prefer to invest their time in other matters, but there is a real problem of motivation.

How to motivate children from educational innovation

In this scenario in which young people from their childhood do not feel interest in studies and the new educational innovation is gradually integrated into the classroom, what can be done from the families?


- Learning method. Almost more important than the subjects they study is the attitude they show. Parents should teach children that their education is important and almost a privilege, since there are thousands of children in the world who can not even learn to read and who should be proud to have access to these cultural resources.

- Models based on textbooks, homework and evaluation are already obsolete. Although it is quite complicated to adapt the classes to each child's particular needs, teachers must have the ability to adapt their daily routine. That is, introducing changes to this traditional structure: games, outdoor activities, debates, or more relaxed classes, are some of the new practices that have been shown to help assimilate concepts better.

- Promotion of values. Beyond providing knowledge, both parents and educators must instill values ​​such as self-confidence, self-esteem, effort, will, adaptation * Young people must learn from childhood these types of positive attitudes, they must understand the importance of surpassing themselves and achieve progress in their goals. In this way, they will learn from small the importance of finding solutions to their problems or ask for help when they need it


- Family involvement. The working days of parents often make it difficult to reconcile, and for this reason they participate in their children's activities less than they would like in reality. In these cases, the parents feel out of school and sometimes they are replaced by an excess of control of their duties or other activities. However, they must understand that the work of the school is the responsibility of the children and that, although it is important to support them and help them when difficulties arise, they must also give them freedom so that the child acquires the ability to conduct their own study.

- Own thinking. Within these activities it is important to teach children to think. It is useless for children to learn lessons by heart and then release them in a test, but parents must convey a way of thinking. They must learn to assimilate concepts and then apply them in their life. As a second part, you can ask at the center to support this type of action, but the first step must always be at home.

With these small changes we can, little by little, make the training for young people more attractive, showing them the benefits that it will bring to their future and offering them alternatives adapted to their needs and tastes.

Deanna Marie Mason, expert in education and family health. Blog author Dr. Deanna Marie Mason. Proactive fatherhood Professional support for the modern family.

It may interest you:

- Teaching to think, critical thinking of children

- Open doors to educational innovation

- Keys to reduce school failure, according to the OECD

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