We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ilkka Kurkela from the University of Helsinki (HI) back in March at the Global Teacher Prize event in Dubai. The University of Helsinki is amongst the 20 best universities in Europe and within the top 100 universities in the world. Ilkka is the head of Customized Education Programs of HI+ which focuses on continuing education. We reached out to him for this interview after reading in the news about the ground-breaking training the University is providing to the country of Saudi Arabia tooling it’s local teachers with Methodologies and skillsets from the very best educators of Finland. Finland is continuously ranked as having one of the best [...]
University of Pennsylvania Professor Adam Grant, one of today’s most influential management thinkers, shares the top six takeaways from his book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” bringing his insights to life through amusing behavioral research and lively audience interaction. Grant explains why middle managers are notorious idea killers, why stress helps some rise to the occasion and how entrepreneurs and organizations can get what they want through unconventional means.
In February 2013, Logan LaPlante delivered a TedX talk that changed his world. Just 13 years old at the time, Logan’s speech, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy,” explored his homeschooling experience, focusing on the importance of happiness during the learning process. For the uninitiated, hackschooling—a term Logan coined because he didn’t like the reactions he got when he told people he was homeschooled—is a dynamic student-centric learning mindset. “I don’t use any one particular curriculum, and I’m not dedicated to any one particular approach. I hack my education,” Logan says in the talk. It was just a school project that Logan thought might get 1,000 views tops—and he dressed [...]
One of the most interesting talking points that came out of the Global Teacher Prize and Global Education and Skills Forum 2017 (GESF) held in Dubai, UAE, last month, was that education – the way we know it and has come to be – is massively broken. Instead of a collective pat on the back for the world’s teachers, school principals, education ministers and everyone else involved, this was a time of reckoning. The overwhelming message is that we need to teach our kids to be more inclusive. Only then will they have even the slightest chance of succeeding in the redefined world we live in and become true global citizens. Surprisingly, the clarion call came from Andreas Schleicher, director [...]
This is an exclusive interruption We continue our home-schooling series with the story of another set of amazing parents taking education into their own hands as the best option for their child. As the first set of youths in our home-schooling feature, I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting this home-schooled young lady at one of our Business Bootcamp for youths in January 2017. To be honest, she stood out. She was super confident in what she wanted to do as a business, she displayed incredible poise and she had mad confidence. The younger females latched on to her immediately. There was nothing about her that would have suggested to me or any of the other youths attending [...]
I was in Tobago earlier this year. On a riding adventure at Healing with Horses, I was accompanied by three beautiful home-schooled children. The eldest girl wore her hijab swim-wear confident and brave. Her younger brother was the most calm, collected young man I have seen in a while. And their smallest sibling held her own controlling her horse with stern ‘Walk on” commands whenever he lagged behind. I was fascinated by these children. Veronica, our host at Healing with Horses shared with me they came riding three days a week as part of their schooling. I was fascinated. This has now led me on a Home-Schooling adventure which I will share with you in the next couple of [...]
Founded in 2006, World Scholars Cup is a non-profit organisation providing an opportunity for middle and high school students around the world to organize to discuss and debate on high profile, avant-gardist topics derived from a yearly theme. At the 2017 World Scholars Cup, students presented passionate views on wireless electricity, the Moai statues of Rapa Nui, Pablo Neruda’s Ode to an Artichoke poem, Ragnarok, Gerald Laing’s “Convertible” and Predictive Modelling. Each subject content is systematically presented to ensure alignment in discussion/debate panels, but with many alternatives for student to choose their approach angle, still leaving room for creativity [...]