The primary aim of Educational Excellence is
to wake people up to the fact that we are in the information age in the 21st
Century and to give every student the maximum opportunity to achieve excellence.
Aiming for Excellence is to develop the brain/mind.
A school that wants to adopt this idea
will have to radically review and
currently accepted norms in terms of the overwhelmingly academic orientation
of the curriculum.
The main idea of this educational reform is to reduce the required academic focus
of school after mid-day. The curriculum will be customized to student needs
and the local work environment. Students will be given the freedom to do
what they like and be motivated towards excellence.
Late developers in their age group will have more time to excel. Competence
Students are free to choose one specific area of
interest to concentrate on; they will pursue it for three hours in the
afternoon every day all year. The aim is to develop a skill at something
they enjoy to a high degree of excellence.
1 Sports (Focus: soccer/rugby/tennis, etc.)
2 Culture (Focus: music/dance/media, etc.)
3 Trade (Focus: metalwork/wood work/automotive, etc.)
4 Academic (Focus: any subject)
5 Work (Literacy and numeracy in the morning; organised work placements in the afternoons)
* Equal status is given to the five areas.
30mins of running daily for all students