Enlightened Parenting

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Why putting your kids in a good school is not good enough

- A 21st Century Learning Readiness Check

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  • 1. Enlightened Parenthood Why putting your kids in a good school is not good enoughA 21st Century Learning Readiness Check 1
  • 2. In the age of the industrial revolution people needed to learn the 3Rs and acquire some basic cognitive skills and they were set for life... 2
  • 3. Education was mostly based onBehaviourist Learning Theory 3
  • 4. In the 20th century people needed a stockpileof knowledge and basic cognitive skills and that ensured lifelong employment... Education in the 20th century emphasized ’Learn to Earn’ 4
  • 5. Education was influenced byCognitivist Learning Theory 5
  • 6. 21st century offers the opportunity to discover your interests, learn more about them and pursue your calling in life... One can ’yearn to learn... and earn’ 6
  • 7. Current Influences- Constructivist Learning Theory 7
  • 8. Current Influences- Humanist Learning Theory 8
  • 9. Current Influences- Social Learning Theory 9
  • 10. The challenge is to keep pace with change, exploding knowledge and complexity 10
  • 11. Interdependence with fellow humans, otherspecies and environment adds to the complexity 11
  • 12. Most important, for true happiness, one needs to have a life pursuit that goes beyond own self-interest and adds meaning to life 12
  • 13. In the 21st century you can... 13
  • 14. “Empower and enable your children to formulate their own meaningful life philosophy and learn the abilities to pursue it with conviction and compassion “
  • 15. For this, as a parent, you need to make the most of the Second Strand of Education
  • 16. What is theSecond Strand of Education?
  • 17. The first strand is formal education which usually focuses on imparting a stockpile of knowledge and basic cognitive skills Formal Education (Stockpile of Knowledge and basic Cognitive skills)
  • 18. Second Strand of Education constitutes Higher Cognitive skills, Self-Learning skills andPursuit of Passion with Compassion... supplemented online Higher Cognitive skills, Self-Learning, Pursuit of Passion Connection-centric Online Learning - Learners - Mentors Formal - Content Education - Conversation
  • 19. What is the importance ofSecond Strand of Education?
  • 20. The 21st Century Context…
  • 21. To survive and thrive in the 21st century… Knowledge Learn to explosion Self-Learn …learn to self-learn and keep reinventing yourself
  • 22. 21st CenturyWhat you know
  • 23. 21st Century n ow t ok d n ee y ou at WhWhat you know
  • 24. 21st Century n ow t ok d n ee y ou at Wh GAP!What you know
  • 25. 21st Century Fill the ‘gap’ by using kn ow cknowledge of to d nee your you h at network / W connectionsWhat you know
  • 26. Second Strand of Education c c Learning facilitated by Need for different Cognitive skills, Self-Learning, Online Networks Pursuit of Passion with Compassion c c Fill the ‘gap’ by using knowledge of your network /connections now d to k nee ou Wh at yWhat you know 27
  • 27. Traits that become critical in today’s context include... 28
  • 28. - Character- Pursuit of passion, with compassion- Pursuit of wisdom and tranquility of spirit- Fostering lifelong yearning for learning- Epistemological Modesty (awareness of own ignorance)- Dialectical Bootstrapping (internal conversation between reason and emotion) 29
  • 29. As a parent, the Learner Dispositions youneed to foster in your children include... 30
  • 30. - Curiosity, inquisitiveness, a yearning to learn- Imagination, creativity, deep & independent thinking- Self-aware, self-disciplined, determined, persevering- Loves to play and tinker, with ideas and things 31
  • 31. - Emotionally mature (understands emotions) - can dialogue between reason and emotion- Risk taker, Problem Solver, Decision Maker- Empathetic collaborator, multi-sensory communicator- Meta-cognition (thinks about own thinking, biases) 32
  • 32. Dispositions you need to have as a parent... 33
  • 33. - Facilitate your children construct meaning, through hypothesis, discovery, experimentation and conversation- Encourage discovery of passion and purpose- Curator and filter good learning material- Co-creators and collaborators 34
  • 34. - Coach, guide, mentor (a friend, philosopher and guide)- Deeply caring- Infectiously enthusiastic- Good role-model (vis-a-vis desired student dispositions) o able to demonstrate that there is fun in deep learning and hard work 35
  • 35. One Caution! 36
  • 36. While in the midst of a Phase Change it is very difficult to predict what the future will hold...From 99ºc to 1ºc we cannot From 1ºc to 99ºc we cannotanticipate what will happen at 0ºc anticipate what will happen at 100ºc 37
  • 37. We are NOW in the midst of a Phase Change... we do not know what the future will hold... Current Phase Change InternetLanguage The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months Writing - ASTD Printing Press 38
  • 38. We
are
currently
preparing
students
for
jobs
that
don’t
yet
exist...
using
technologies
that
haven’t
yet
been
invented...
in
order
to
solve
problems
we
don’t
even
know
are
problems
yet. Richard
Riley,
Secretary
of
EducaKon
 under
President
Clinton 39
  • 39. Thus, these ideas about enlightened parenting will need to evolve as the context changes 40
  • 40. Also, bigger issues are afoot... 41
  • 41. We have the ability toCreate a Better World or breed...
  • 42. We can bridge or further widen the divides and inequalities... Have Not
  • 43. We can make life simple or add to complexity... 44
  • 44. We are ’Homo Sapiens Sapiens’...the species that knows, they know Utopia A
Divided World The choice will be ours! 45
  • 45. Good Reads - “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement“ - David Brooks - “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future“ - Daniel H. Pink - “The Life-Smart Kid“ - Lawerence J Greene 46
  • 46. Atul PantMore on Timeless Lifeskills:www.facebook.com/lifeskills