Interview Request - Generalisation vs Specialisation (Part 1)
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When my mother was young she took violin classes and initially she liked to play this instrument a lot. However, after she was forced by her parents to play every time someone came to visit them, she hated the experience and quit playing. My mother told me that when I was in the 1st and 2nd grade of primary school and I was singing in a choir in front of the public, I started to cry very intensely and could not be calmed down so I had to be removed. I wonder if my reaction has been influenced by my mother hating playing violin in front of others?
I do not remember any of my parents ever playing or singing when we were at home nor were my younger brother and I encouraged to play an instrument or to sing. Consequently, I also have a very unpleasant experience in one of the last years of primary school. Someone had an idea to during a class break organize a quick performance when each classmate would step on top of the desk before the blackboard and sing one song. When it was my turn I told everyone that I do not know any lyric by heart and no one believed such a case can exist. They pushed me to step on the desk and believed that eventually, I will remember some song. However, even after standing there for quite some time I was not able to and felt embarrassed in front of the class.
I heard that in ancient Greece people were encouraged to develop themselves equally in all possible ways. Thus everyone practices sports, art, music, literature and many other subjects. Some schools like Waldorf education also teach children to draw, sing, play instruments, cook and create things from wood and other materials. I also read how knowing to play at least one instrument it assists for both brain hemispheres to be more connected and thus one can generally memorize more easily and be more successful in life.
Is for development of mankind more supportive for each individual to be educated in a vast quantity of subjects and skills or is it equally ok if children are left to at any age pick what they feel attracted to and let them specialize and focus on a narrow topic? How would the best educational system and schools for the future generation of kids look like?
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