Tao-Yuan Primary School’s Humanistic Approach to Teaching
Traditional education in Taiwan has the teacher lecturing, and students listening. It emphasizes on examination results encouraging students to learn through memorization rather than understanding, losing the true value and meaning of education. Yi-Wen Yang, 6th Grade teacher at Taitung County Yanping Township Tao-Yuan Primary School, challenges herself to try a different approach to educate her students. Every child is a unique learner; Yi-Wen introduces humanistic education to her class, allowing each student to develop at their own pace, providing an equal opportunity for growth.
To demonstrate corrosion prevention, she brought her students to a bicycle mechanic, who shared knowledge of mechanical structures, metalworking, and maintenance. To teach her students the importance of social responsibility, she brought them to an organic plum farm to learn about ecofriendly farms and to make preserved plums. When the indigenous Bunun tribe celebrated the Millet Harvest Festival, Yi-Wen took her students to participate in the annual ritual where they weeded millet fields, and learned tribal traditions and taboos believed to ensure bountiful harvest for the year.
“It’s the journey, not the destination that truly matters.” – Yi-Wen Yang