Conceptual Understanding Takes the Lead in Education. Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

On May 20, 2020,

It is pretty understandable that parents would want the best for their children, and securing their admission in a good college—and shining there academically—is a common goal. College acceptance is popularly considered to be a gateway to achievement in the adult world. However, this task can be thoroughly distressing for students who are not adequately prepared for college admissions and higher education principles & methods of learning.

The solution to the barriers faced by under-prepared college freshmen begins not in high school but in the years of education before that. It is in these stages that the youngest students get their first taste of learning. Regrettably, many educational institutes prefer preparing students solely for tests at younger ages. This means they end up missing critical windows of possibility for teaching children to identify patterns, understand concepts, and use logic—elements that allow them to take charge of their own education as they grow older. To help students build this structure, the teachers at MLSI adopt concept-based models of learning.

When students are taught simply to retain facts and information, they are more likely to forget their learnings after the test is over – when they feel it is no longer required. Unfortunately, almost the entire foundation of education today depends heavily upon testing to evaluate the advancement of students, teachers, and schools. Due to this, it should really come as no surprise that the pressure to do well on those tests leads to an incredible emphasis on memorizing the material needed to secure a good score. Very little time is devoted to putting those facts and intricate bits of information into any helpful context.

When a teacher curates lessons that concentrate on concepts instead of specific facts, she/he is teaching conceptually. Concepts can be interpreted as categories that could possibly contain smaller facts or ideas but at the same time are part of larger categories. It’s not enough just to understand the concept itself – teaching conceptually mandates the need for teachers to address—and also for the students to understand relationships between concepts and the ways in which they can be applied to study the curriculum. Students can also use this framework to logically sort information and devise crucial connections across subjects for a better understanding of the world. Simply put, it’s the system the active human mind uses to gain knowledge.

In an era when so many boards of education are racing to pump facts into their students in time for the next round of graded evaluations, MLSI faculty stand firm in doing what works best for children’s intellectual development – enabling students to think for themselves by teaching them concepts instead of curriculum bullet points.