Kiki & Lala

Changing Educational Paradigms

Posted on: July 11, 2011

I always question my decision to put my daughter in a progressive school which really could not be more different than what most other Pinoy kids experience. It’s a scary thing to walk a path so few have taken. It’s something I grapple with almost daily – Will she thrive? Will she be globally competitive? Will she be adequately equipped to succeed in all aspects of her life? Would it be easier to just jump back on the tried and tested traditional bandwagon?

Thankfully, there’s Sir Ken Robinson (who I blogged about before). He’s the world renowned educational and creativity expert who believes educational systems across the world desperately need to be overhauled so kids can adapt to their fast changing, over-stimulated world.

Watching this set me right again. And I thank my lucky stars that we don’t spend nights uselessly memorizing a long list of indigenous tribal names or studying desperately for a test whose results could never accurately define her true aptitude. But that’s just me.

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5 Responses to "Changing Educational Paradigms"

This is genius! And I love the visuals that go with it.

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Thanks for posting this. I love what he’s saying and how he’s saying it. Remember those long email exchanges we had about how hard it is to make the decision to send our kids to non-traditional schools? I still believe that it’s important to keep in mind that we’re doing what we think is best for them, putting them in environments where we feel they will grow, and thrive.

I worry sometimes too – if the curriculum is competitive enough, if the school will help her “succeed” in life, if she will get left behind by her cousins who are in traditional schools. But she’s so happy and she’s doing so well it puts my mind, and heart, at ease. John and I have had our own paradigm shift. Instead of wanting to raise children who will grow up to be masters of the universe, we now just want to raise children who will be masters of themselves. Kids who will have the tools, ability and the personality to realize and actualize what they really want to be when they grow up. Whether that’s a nuclear scientist or a fashion designer – so long as they feel fulfilled and whole. Of course, we’re still hoping for the first option. ๐Ÿ™‚

so well said. it’s not about beating out the rest but fulfilling your purpose. thanks for passing by kiki and lala ๐Ÿ™‚

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