“Good Parenting” and it’s Importance

“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming”(Haim Ginott). This quote is one that truly describes an act of good parenting. It shows that there should be a level of respect not just from the child to the parent, but to the child from the parent. The topic of “good parenting” or parental roles in our society, is a very complex subject. My interest in this topic sparks from my personal, and unique, relationship with my parents. My mom especially has had a strong influence of my feelings for this topic. I currently have a wonderful relationship with her, but if someone were to ask me four to five years ago, I would have described it as one of the worst.

My argument for this topic would be the importance of what I describe as “contextual parenting” or parenting based on the child as an individual. Just because one technique works for one kid, doesn’t mean it’ll work for the other. One controversial thing with parenting is being overbearing versus being trusting, or lenient. I have experience with this specific topic because I have personally witnessed and been subject to both bad and good parenting in my life, and in the lives of the people I’m close with.

This topic is becoming increasingly important in the context of our evolving society. Parents are constantly in question of what they should or should not allow their kids to do because of the extreme social, and technological advances in the past decade or so. The number one question at hand is typically, is there one universal guideline on how to be a good parent? Good parenting is not just important to parents and children, it goes beyond that. This should be important to teachers, employers, people of authority, people in government, politics… etc. The overall point to be made here, is that the way one parents, is extremely important to your children’s development and character, future, and relationship with their parents and others in their lives. Just a few of the things at stake are ongoing vicious cycles of bad relationships between parents and children, lack of respect for authority, too much control from parents, out of control children, reckless behavior, future resentment from children to their parents, and developmental or social restraints due to poor parenting. This is an issue that will always be a topic of interest and discussion by people and parents everywhere. I believe that in talking about it to people my age, that there will be positive insight gained by all how are involved. The more informed and aware of this topic people my age are, the more hope there is for the parenting of future generations.

Inquiry: Progressive Learning

Inquiry is “an act of asking for information” (http://www.google.com/#q=what+is+inquiry). In simpler terms you could just call it a question. When someone inquires something they are makings a formal investigation about what ever it is they are curious about. People inquire about things or people or places every day. “Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world” (http://galileo.org/teachers/designing-learning/articles/what-is-inquiry/). A common misconception is that Inquiry is thought of in terms of isolated situation or individual, when really it’s a broader concept.

Inquiry based learning is a way of learning or path to learning that starts with questions and concepts and is followed by facts and known information, rather than the other way around. Inquiry based learning was developed in the 1960s to go against stereotypical learning which involved memorization. Instead, inquiry based learning was proposed as a type or pedagogical method that would work as a type of constructive learning during the discovery learning movement, and there after.

Inquiry based learning is said to be education at its best. IBL is a concept that is used by elite teachers and educational programs all around the world. This is used by teachers, professors, students, math scholars, engineers, scientists, theorists, and by many other people in different fields of work. IBL is a progressive way of learning and an be used in almost any field of work since learning itself is progressive. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquiry-based_learning).

A lot of times when people think about the word inquiry, or what inquiry based learning is, they have many common misconceptions. People do not always agree upon what these things really are. What some people think is that its just questioned learning and a different approach to looking into something. Others believe its to be conceptual and an act that requires some kind of administration or facilitation. From what I have come to understand inquiry and inquiry based learning reflect mostly upon the person using them. However, the general way I would explain inquiry is that it’s simply an act of questioning and curiosity beyond the normal consensus. In addition, inquiry based learning is a progressive learning technique that can be used by almost anyone in any field around the world. People use inquiry based learning every day without even realizing it (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/CBS_InquiryBased.pdf).