How can an education engage as many students as possible and develop their own natural skills and strengths?

The education of our young people has come to specialise in certain aspects of learning, often to the detriment of others. While this rewards certain students, particularly those who naturally flourish under a curriculum heavily weighted towards academia, it is desperately failing others whose skills and attributes remain largely undervalued.

This course highlights 4 key elements of a balanced learning system for our youth and asks the question “Are we fully employing these potentials in our own teaching and leadership practice?” If any one of them is neglected or sacrificed in support of another, the student’s entire perspective on their learning can be damaged.

This can result in a general dissatisfaction with schooling and a cynicism and indifference which can erode their ability to flourish even in their preferred arena. At worst their emotional and even physical well being can begin to suffer as they receive consistently reinforcing messages that they are “troubled” or “failing” students. Even those who flourish under the current measuring system for student achievement may have major skills that are being neglected due to an overly myopic perspective of how our students are best educated.

Above all, it must be essential to develop a sense of purpose in every student. One that can ignite an enthusiasm for what they might go on to contribute in the world. If this is missing we have surely neglected a vital pre requisite to what an education system should be there to serve. Read More