What Academics Alone Cannot Teach Today for Tomorrow

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What skills do your kids need to learn today to be self-supporting, responsible and enterprising in the world they will enter tomorrow?

Do they know?  Do you know?

The articles in our newspapers says that the Business world is need of…

  • creative and innovative people
  • people that have good verbal and written communication skills
  • good team building skills
  • enterprising and engaged workers

Does the academic program you have for your child teach any of these skills now?

With today’s rigorous academic curriculum that supports facts and only one correct answer to questions for testing, there is little opportunity for experiencing purposeful or problem solving mastery on a higher cognitive level.  Experiencing facts and using them in different ways is the only way to be able to achieve creative and innovative thinking skills.

How is this accomplished outside of academics?

A system that takes in the facts (known knowledge), understands them (intelligence), and then has an experience utilizing these same facts will turn the known facts into knowledge for long term memory use.  What makes this idea of experiencing facts so important is that with the facts held or known in long term memory, children can re-arrange new facts with known facts from their long term memory to…

  • create something new,
  • be innovative with something already existing,
  • be able to talk and write about what it is that they have created
  • use their cognitive thinking to problem solve with others,
  • stay engaged in projects when others quit
  • become enterprising in how they view life and opportunities.

This process or higher cognitive thinking, is called creativity.  The creative process is the foundation or the building blocks of all sensory, motor, emotional, attention cognitive skills.  Found in the Frontal Lobe of the brain, the Executive Function, this higher order of skills for the world, is something that academics alone cannot teach or reach.  Through the four modalities of the Arts – Visual Arts, Linguistic Arts, Movement, and Music – children are able to take academic collections of knowledgeable facts and experience them in different ways.  These experiences along with the academic knowledge are reorganized in the cognitive center of the brain (Frontal Lobe) and then utilized for problem solving and critical thinking.

“Creativity?  But my child is not artistic and I’m not into the Arts.  I don’t draw.”

Take a look at the slide show below and see for yourself that to be creative is not a talent, but something that can be learned just like any other subject.    Knowledge re-organized and used in different ways is innovation, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, staying engaged, and enterprising.

BEE provides the experiences needed for building success into children’s learning today that will follow them into their future tomorrow.

 

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