- Joseph Pangilinan
- Makati City, Metro Manila
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A school that cares enough to find our kids' unique, innate talents & customize curricula to hone these into STRENGTHS that change the world
For schools to berth world-changers, who will solve our many woes, the Apple Commercial of 1977 gives a clue. "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the square pegs in the round holes..-We cannot ignore them because those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
THINK DIFFERENTLY, Apple says.
IDEA: A SCHOOL that deliberately finds unique talents in each kid, hones these, customizes it curricula to develop talents into strengths, and deploy these until they become "world changers," social entrepreneurs, teachers,doctors, scientists, artists, heroes, leaders.
Ken Robinson succinctly proved thst schools - as we know them - & nearly the entire education system, have thus far failed to change paradigms enough to catch up with a needs of a very, very different world. A cause of failure is the imbalance or left-brain focus. Another is "standardization" which stifles creative genius. Then there are the Jurassic media of instruction & failed pedagogies.
Actually, kids who reach their full potential. will change the world..So can schools identify innate talent - (eg. Clifton Strength-Finder, Myers Briggs), then CUSTOMIZE the curriculum in order to hone these, use every the best medium and means education has ever known (classrooms, group dynamics, workshops, prexi, audiovisuals, TV/videos, google DOCS, games to smart gadgets) to DISCOVER, DEVELOP and DEPLOY innate talents in each kid, such that 98% of graduates actually add value to bless the world and add real value , (2) A second part of this is to identify the key problems to "solve", and map out the skills and talents the world needs... e.g. provide research capability to identify key world problems: no water, poverty, injustice, nonrenewable energy (e.g. MDGs) and (3) third, ADVOCATE stakeholders in education, teachers, parents, legislators, governments, donors today, to execute changes necessary to raise our kids into world changers of tomorrow.