Occasionally I hear someone wonder how Romp n’ Roll can be considered an educational program when the children are not being subjected to a lot of rigorous instruction. This represents a serious misconception that “education” and “instruction” are the same thing.
Think about it. If education was simply a matter of instructing children in the way things are done, we would still be stuck in the Stone Age. It is when education involves ample opportunities for children to figure things out on their own that it produces the innovators who discover better ways to do things.
Furthermore, we all have strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, standard procedures are not always going to work best for everyone. When children are given plenty of chances to accomplish things in their own way, it enables them to develop procedures that work best for them.
As General George S. Patton once said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their ingenuity.”
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.