The best forms of teaching can enhance students learning and possibly facilitate learning by adjusting carefully to research in the field of educational psychology, to knowledge of "learning modes," learning styles, and so on. Adequate and corresponding teaching styles may or may not be found, but a neat balance between growth of learning and feasible teaching ways have to exist for very good outcomes in the long run.
Formal teaching nowadays is more or less haltingly attuned to the changes of growing children and youngsters and adults on the one hand, and seriously determined by demands of formal schooling and its tactless variants of discipline. Decent learning outcomes had better be the goal of formal teaching. However, formal teaching tends to disregard unique needs and potentialities, and usually requires a lot of formal assessments, by law, as presented in different academic fields. One result is too much dislike of learning - such an unwelcome outcome is largely due to serious undermining.
Among the philosophical approaches to teaching well – speculative, prescriptive, analytic or post hoc – one may find subtle and gross differences between educational theory and practice. In Norway, education is very much institutionalised and extremely expensive, but not very cost-effective.
Home schooling is an option that may give children a better life. Some private school systems may help too.
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