Joseph Pangilinan

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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.

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    May 1 2011: I love your idea, Joseph but I wonder if the structure of schools is part of the problem. Sitting at a desk with 30 (or even 15) other children does not seem to be the best way to tap into our natural abilities. Neither does putting 15-30 children of the same age together in one room, especially during adolescence when hormones are raging and identities are insecure. The structure of our school system was designed for the convenience of the educators and has been handed down without much reflection since. What if we think about the best way to educate children based on what we know about learning and individual differences and create a whole new system for education?
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      May 4 2011: I agree. Yes, the structure is flawed. I am no expert but Some words pop out in my head.
      Experiential.
      Life lessons.
      Principles.
      Self-discovery.
      Games.
      Team building.
      Group dynamics.
      Social Responsibility.
      Sports.
      Transformative.
      Socratic method.
      Competitive Games.
      Strategy games.
      Outdoor.
      Simulation.
      Wholistic.
      Transformative.
      Contextual.
      Strength Finder.
      Animation.
      Online offline balance.
      Mass customization.
      Fun, fun. Fun!
      Adventure.
      Aha!
      Sustained
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    Apr 28 2011: I would love such a school. Hell, I'd go back to the first grade just to experience it haha.
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      Apr 30 2011: Thank you for the affirmation! ;-)
      • May 7 2011: Joseph and Sargis,
        Come and visit Whatcom Day Academy in Bellingham, Washington. We are working on this idea in a small low-tech way and the results are phenomenal, even though we still have more we can do. One new 9 year old said after his first day, "That was the first decent day of school in so long I can't remember." He had lost his enthusiasm for learning. That was a year ago. Now, he is writing novels and excited about science projects. You might want to read "Your Child's Strengths" by Jenifer Fox.