SHAPE: part 2 of the Action Plan

I firmly believe that we should look at value, defined by how happy you are (because you do things that matter to you) and how much you contribute to society (including your own family or friends) – making use of your own strengths and talents.

What if we could let go of everything education is about right now, if we could start anew:

  • What are the skills and knowledge needed in the world of today and tomorrow? What would children need to learn (until age 18)? [Is it ‘advanced maths’, or rather ‘learn to develop your own path’, ‘learn to become valuable – economically & socially, and get more out of yourself than you’d ever imagine’?]
  • How can they best learn [based on their specific needs, talents, learning styles]?
  • What is needed to facilitate this? [what technology, what kind of facilitators or teachers, buildings etc]
  • How can this be scaled, so that everybody has access to (this new type of) Education?
  • How can it be financed? [Are subsidies needed, or can it be viable on its own? Can 3rd parties provide a solution?]
  • How can it be quickly implemented/ rolled out? [Do national governments need to approve, which can take years, or can it be done differently?]
  • How can quality be assured? [Do we need standardized tests, can you assess differently? Is this still necessary, do the results speak for itself?]

I want to create a ‘charter’ from this, a 1- or 2-pager with starting points. These will become my ‘stick in the ground’, my compass direction for the coming years. It will also help to concentrate all the energy and initiatives – if we all look at the same thing and are not distracted by semantics, we can make this bigger and bigger. It also helps to spread the message if it is clear, compact and achievable.

I will ask the questions above to several people and groups around me, curious to see if these views will differ or not.

Please also share your own thoughts, in the comments below, by mail, through Facebook, Twitter or any other channel that suits you.

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Claire Boonstra

Claire Boonstra, founder of Operation Education - feeding the movement to revolutionize education. I have lived many different roles in life - as a student, engineer, corporate employee, wintersports-blogger, strategic marketing manager, mobile future event organizer, augmented reality startup co-founder and now an education reformer and public speaker. But I am also a mother of three young children, a daughter, wife, sister, utopist dreamer, asker of difficult questions, visionary, improv dancer, skier, former glider pilot – and most of all a human being in search of how I can best balance my three main priorities in life: my family, my personal wellbeing and my mission to feed the movement to revolutionize education.

3 thoughts on “SHAPE: part 2 of the Action Plan”

  1. Singularity Preschool is an online forum trying to answer your first question: taking into account the exponentially advancing state of technology what should education focus on for kids who will spend the next 12-16 years in “the system”

  2. Indeed we have not yet started to focus on research and development of human development environments of tomorrow.
    We, that is the human race, have been preoccupied with organizing badness and oppression for so long, since the begining of recorded history. And we have not yet begun to go in the direction of organizing goodness.
    Goodness is basically humanistic centric ideology, of looking at the newly born, as the primary assets of our society.
    It is high time to begin and move in this direction and start to tackle the problems that are facing us and challenge us, when we develop a blue print of new shrines and temples for human development.
    So, Claire, you put out a few of these very good questions, that show that you are aligned with basic goodness and humanistic enlightenment, that is sure to befall on us in the years to come.
    And yes, technology is crucial, in such new environments of holistic growth, where little humans develop all their aspects. We haven’t yet begun to comprehend the ways in which technology will help us to facilitate these goals.

  3. Let me write a few lines about your good crisp and energized questions.

    There are out there, few alternative systems of education, the fruits of great thinkers of the past, such as Steiner, Krishnamurti, Montessori, Maharishi, Gurdjief, etc.

    Indeed, great rishis and charismatic teachers of the past, usually created schools. Some schools were secretive and disappeared over time, and some are here with us. We can surely learn from all of them. We must bring in, good ideas from the past and reintegrate them in our newly formed environment for human development.

    Sadly, all these alternate systems failed to create a new world and failed to protect our children from suffering. The large majority of billions and billions of children have not had the chance to grow in any of these experimental schools. These were small scale experiments.

    Now, today, we do not want to create yet another alternative system! It is pointless. Imagine we would have a few boonstra high schools. We could not care less about saving a few hundred kids. The scale of this work, must be grand and greater then any work of the past. You ask about scale? The scale is enourmous. New environments would cost billions of dollars. They will take in tousands of kids. Small scale is not the thing here. Think in terms of large percentages of six year olds, in your country.

    This process requires a startup budget of aleatst 100 million dollars, just for creating the institute for research and development for enlightened humanism. The place were hundreds of the most talented scientists architects engineers technologists and visionaries will collaborate to create a blue print of the shrines of development of tomorrow.

    It would be therefor mandatory to raise such funds from foundations such as the Gates foundation and prepare for them comprehensive presentations about directions.

    Maybe, just maybe, a politician and prime minister, will join the cause. Such figure can change the world. He has all the money we need. He has all the power to change statutory laws.

    Maybe he will come one day, but it is the private sector that will create the starting phase. It is private people who want to make a change, not yet political leaders.

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