Do we need to blame the schools?
I understand the developmental reasons behind attitudes towards learning changing as we grow up; but just when do we change from a learning sponge in our early years into a teenager that demands to be spoon fed.
My 4 year old is constantly asking about and investigating new skills, whereas my post 16 learners sit there expecting me to feed the information directly into their brains. I am constantly demanding my 16-18 learners to challenge themselves and read around, and it is only now that they are getting the idea. However, they spent the first term complaining that the answers were not being given to them.
Sitting and working things out seems to come naturally to my 4 year old, but not to the post 16 learners – when did this skills disappear? I have seen evidence of creative and challenging learning in primary schools, so is it the secondary schools?