On the Phillips Academy website, an independent, well-established, and highly regarded boarding school in Andover, MA, they describe connected learning as “a research-based model of learning that maintains successful traditional standards and introduces new ways of doing things that tap into the potential created by globalization and technology.”
A mouthful for any school, but their vision comes close to what the BEE HIVE intends for our own students. Recognizing that the needs of students have not caught up with the needs of the economic world and with the ability for lifelong self-sustenance.
We asked why, and we found that education has not kept up with real world needs. Schools and education systems are still geared for the Industrial Age, when a widget solved the problem and learning how to make more widgets promised a job for life. We entered the Technology Age with the same mind set, which gave engineers the ability to develop and produce technology that would help with design, development, and production of widgets. Now that we have processed, produced, used and saturated the market with an overabundance of widgets that can do just about anything you want to save time and labor, what’s next? Innovation and creativity has hit the world like a ton of bricks. The ability to make more widgets now comes in an app by programmers and not in a piece of equipment that has been tooled and produced. The needs of individuals for longer lasting, creative and serious applications for our aging Baby Boomer population is paramount to our everyday life.
So if the Innovation Age is upon us, and the need to introduce new ways of doing things is paramount to our economy, then businesses are hiring those who can take a tried and true idea, widget, or program and stand it on its head.
The question is whether or not your son or daughter will be able to fit into the Age of Innovation?
The BEE HIVE is intended to give students the opportunity to find out who they are first, so that they can identify what they want in life. It is our job, as educators, to help them find out how to get what they want through a Fully Integrated Learning Experience that we call the FILE.
The FILE will maintain the fundamental academic standards through the Arts, while it introduces new ways of doing things. To FILE is to make certain that the basics are taught through academics and the Arts, then are enhanced by programs that introduce personal inquiry, skills assessments and internships or sessions that will help students see the whole picture. The whole picture is a student who knows, who they are, what they want, and how to get it.
With this kind of education you can be certain that your student will be successful in this Age of Innovation.