In conventional schools, passionate learners are forced to choose between academic excellence and pursuit of passions.
During the industrial revolution, factories needed workers. So children were sent to schools where they were divided by age into grades and subjected to State-regulated curricula; regardless of their interests or aptitude.
The rise of the gig economy requires a different kind of worker. They must be empathetic, creative, collaborative and lead innovations. Conventional schools aren't designed to enable learners in these traits. Today's learners need an education that is futuristic and change ready.
"We treat education like manufacturing when it's closer to organic farming. Crops have different needs at different times. To flourish they must be fulfilled. The same can be extended to education too.
At a time when traditional schooling is based on standardization and conformity, we must recognize that human communities thrive on diversity; we must, therefore, celebrate our passions and differences."
Sir Ken Robinson
At Beyond 8 we believe that learning can happen anywhere and in many ways. Our learners learn in a multitude of places, all of which enable learning in different ways. Instead of thinking that learning can only be enabled in schools or colleges, we have set up learning spaces in cafes, parks, offices, libraries, community halls and homes.
We didn’t make this video. But we’d like for every parent to watch it before deciding on their child’s high-school education. We see each of our learners as uniquely gifted and so we enable each to pursue his or her own passions.
Our 6-step flexible learning journey framework enables our learners to explore their passions and interests, and not lose them in a ’batch’. Every learner’s journey in the Bridge Program will begin with a dream mapping conversation.
This is an intense exercise done with the learner’s family to get deep insights into the learner’s personality, attitudes and strengths. More importantly, it ensures learners advance towards their aspirations.