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CHAPTER 2- IDEAL PRIMARY EDUCATION                                                                                                                               37

Cite this chapter

Bilgin, H. (2023). Chapter 2 Ideal Primary Education. In B. L. Salvador Bizotto (Ed.), Academic Research & Reviews in Social, Human, and Administrative Sciences-III- (pp. 37-55). Ankara, Türkiye: Global Academy Publishing House.

Primary education is of great importance in providing children with the necessary foundations for future success. In many countries, the provision of primary education is recognised as a fundamental right for all citizens. A child develops his or her character and learning style in the first years of his or her life. It is therefore important to understand the various aspects of basic education that children need to be given in order to help their development. This includes teaching them basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as introducing them to science, history, and other areas of knowledge. It is also important to develop creativity and encourage problem-solving skills, as these skills are useful later in life. Primary education also includes physical education, which is essential for the general health and well-being of children. Through primary education, children learn the values of respect, cooperation, and responsibility and develop an understanding of their place in the world. Primary education is an investment in the future of children and society as a whole.

The fundamental role of primary education is to create a positive learning environment that enables children to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become successful and productive members of society. It should provide them with the opportunity to think critically, develop high-level life skills, cope with the challenges of technological innovation, develop citizenship and core values, and have a stable team with which to interact. Primary education is beneficial not only for individuals but also for the country as a whole as it is the foundation for further education.

Unfortunately, there are many chronic problems in the primary education system in our country and in the education system in general. These include a lack of resources, a lack of access to quality education, and inadequate teacher training. It does not seem possible to overcome these problems within the existing order and system. Therefore, it is important to think about the ideal primary education system and its components.

The ideals of the primary education system can be discussed from the perspective of both the classroom teacher and the primary school student. An ideal primary education system should be designed to provide students with the necessary tools to achieve success. This includes access to quality teaching, resources and technology, as well as opportunities to develop the skills needed to succeed. The system should also provide a safe and positive environment in which effective
learning can take place. In addition, the primary education system should support the development of core values such as respect, responsibility, and integrity and encourage students to explore their interests and passions.

An ideal primary education system should be comprehensive and tailored to the individual needs of each student. It includes a wide range of subjects, from language arts and math to science and technology. It should promote respect for cultural diversity and encourage students to explore their personal interests. It should also utilise a variety of learning styles and methods, such as hands-on activities, lectures and discussions, and project-based learning. The primary education system has the function of preparing students to become independent learners and lifelong learners by teaching them critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills.

In addition, the ideal primary education system should be egalitarian and provide equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background, abilities, or interests. It should also be flexible, allowing students to move at their own pace and benefit from different learning experiences. Finally, it should emphasise the importance of both academic and social-emotional learning so that students can develop the skills necessary to succeed in their future endeavours. When these elements are fulfilled, the primary education system is able to equip students with the skills and knowledge that are essential to succeeding in the modern world and becoming productive members of society.

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