21st Century Educational Excellence

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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 mind.

A school that wants to adopt this idea will have to radically review and reform 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 overrides qualification.

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.

Study Areas

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)

    [Choose one specific area/focus: Eg #2 Sports/soccer]

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30 mins of running daily for all students

60 mins of running for sports students.

 

 

Students will
bulletstudy / practice an area of interest
bulletlearn to aim for excellence
bulletbecome more self-motivated
bulletdevelop excellence
bulletdevelop supreme confidence
bulletwork with peers
bulletenjoy school

Some things to consider

bulletSelf-study is more powerful than directed study
bulletSelf-motivation leads to heightened success
bulletConfidence leads to self-worth
bulletSuccess breeds success (in other areas)

* Equal status is given to the four study areas.

21st Century

It is hard to change an existing paradigm. First, you have to recognise the one you are in. It is hard for the fish to see the fishbowl. Often, it is only when the current environment has changed so much that an old paradigm can become recognised for what it is. Why wait?

bulletToday's youth need a very different set of economic survival skills.
bulletChange will be part of their life.
bullet Self-motivation and the drive for excellence is an absolute necessity when making change.

 

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Last updated: 02/25/18.