Freedom of choice as a fundamental element of education by Malinina R.L
In this period, the school
education system of Russia is in crisis. It is at a crossroads between
the old Soviet model which still partially exists, and the new to our
experience western scheme.
But the mere transfer of Western educational models to Russia would not be able to yield the expected results as for the successful implementation of any achievements, it is necessary to take into account the national characteristics of our country, its previous teaching experience and the present state of education. It is therefore necessary to initiate exploration of the fundamental principles of Western educational systems because the study of these principles can contribute to the gradual movement towards a better educational model.
The experience of the
variability of curricula and programs used at the lessons of physical
training in our gymnasium confirms this idea. At the beginning of the
school year the pupils vote to decide what events on what sports will
be held throughout the year (the final plan is asserted by the
director). In addition, they are actively involved in organizing and
conducting these events. The pupils make choices taking responsibility
not only as direct participants in the process but also as organizers.
The competitions become much more interesting because the students try
to avoid (possible) repetition of the same schemes. They try to bring
something new to make a sporting event interesting for everybody. Thus,
they do all the way to the event: from the choice of sport participants
and self-organization to popularization it among their peers.