Under the “双减 – Double Reduction” policy, how does
Subject Training transform to Camp Education?
Originally published on WeChat, by author Xiaofang Camp Instructor on August 26, 2021
In recent times, due to the impact of the “double reduction” policy, I have received a lot of consultations from friends who used to do subject training, asking if they can transform to do camp education? Camp education, research travel, nature education, labor education, etc., are hot words in recent years. In the context of the Ministry of Education of China, they belong to “practical education”.
This national “double reduction” storm is mainly aimed at subject training, and comprehensive practical education belongs to non-subject training, which is the direction of quality education supported and encouraged by the state.
In the “Opinions on the implementation of Double Reduction” issued by the Shanghai Education Commission on the 24th, it was clearly pointed out that high-quality non-disciplinary training institutions can be appropriately introduced into schools to participate in after-school services, co-ordinate off-campus practical activities and courses, and encourage student research and practice.
Under such a situation, the transformation of subject training to camp education is a process of natural selection.
But how does discipline training transform to the direction of camp education?
From more than 5 years of experience as a camp education platform, I will talk about my personal views.
First of all, to establish correct psychological expectations,“camp education”cannot be regarded as a business only. From the point of view of making money, the profit margin of “camp education” may be far less than that of subject training.
From the point of view of some subject training now exposed, some parents swipe their cards to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, and camp education, research travel, etc. are typical “long-flowing” careers, not windfall industries.
But the psychological nourishment of “camp education” for practitioners is obvious. Why many practitioners have been in this industry for many years, in fact, they still highly agree with the value of this career from the heart.
Camp education is suitable for making a “small and beautiful” career. It is quite difficult to make a group and industrialized company, and even go public, especially after the “double reduction”.
Because compared with subject training, the service chain of “camp education” is long, it is more difficult to standardize and replicate, and the requirements for management personnel are higher, and there are great challenges in cross-regional management.
But in fact, if you think about it, today’s “double reduction” policy is introduced, and the starting point of the country is to let education de-industrialize and capitalize, and let education return to its essence.
To make a “small and beautiful” career, carefully polish products, and serve parents and children with heart, the state encourages and supports them.
On the contrary, the state is resolutely opposed, and the “double reduction” means of action are undoubtedly a response and counter to the educational capitalization that has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few years.
Secondly, it is necessary to understand the characteristics of camp education and prepare professionally.
The core of “camp education” is experiential learning, allowing children to explore themselves in the camp, outdoors and in the natural environment, through experiential practical activities, allowing children to establish a deep connection with nature, others and society.
As can be seen from the content of camp education, practical education such as camp education is indeed the most lacking for children now, and it is also the weakest link in current education.
Traditional subject training is mainly carried out in a closed space. Teachers explain and students brush questions. The process is relatively simple and the risk is controllable.
The camp education is generally carried out in an outdoor and natural environment. The mobility of study tours and research determines that the management team of practical education needs to attach great importance to the management of the entire process and the control of safety risks.
The teaching method of camp education is also different from the traditional subject training. It is more about allowing children to learn in the experience, and then summarize and reflect. The teacher’s teaching method has undergone a fundamental change.
Therefore, the transformation from subject training to camp education requires teachers to change the path of teaching habits, actively learn experiential teaching methods, and learn to achieve teaching goals through activities and games.
We also need to see that institutions that originally did discipline training also have advantages in entering the field of camp education.
These teachers generally have deep accumulation in the field of curriculum research and development, and know how to mobilize the enthusiasm of students; moreover, the teachers have a good knowledge background and have good learning ability; the institution has a certain student source and customer base. They enter the camp education industry, which is described in a popular word: “dimension reduction competition”.
Therefore, subject training institutions enter the fields of practical education such as research, camp education, and labor education. If they can dive down, combine subject background with practical education methods, and truly develop courses that benefit children, it is very popular for the government and parents.
Subject training and camp education should reduce expectations of economic benefits, uphold the initial heart of education, prepare for a long-term career, and painstakingly develop camp products that children love and benefit from, becoming a “beneficial supplement” to school education!