Schools of the Future: Education, Evolution and What You Really Want For Your Children – Reference Education

Evolution of EducationWe are constantly evolving both as individuals and as a species. Change is an intrinsic to evolution. The two just go hand in hand. The current educational model has served us in many ways.So when we share that we would like to create an alternative educational model this often triggers the response ‘Well, what is wrong with the current one?’ That question itself is very revealing.Educational ChangeHumans change usually for one of two reasons. The first is that what exists is no longer satisfactory so we move away from it. In the second instance, change occurs because the vision of something greater pulls us into action.At the moment, as a global society, it tends to be dissatisfaction with what exists that ultimately pushes us to create something new. More often though, instead of moving towards what we would love we continue to maintain our attention on ‘what is wrong’ and get stuck in that step of the evolutionary process.When I use the term ‘as a global society’ I am, of course, referring to adults. Children don’t have this problem. They naturally navigate towards what they love and what is most joyful until, that is, we direct them away from this innately healthy, adaptive response to life and drum into them the idea that struggle is core to existence on this planet and what really matters is hard work, others’ opinions and ‘what is wrong’! Questions Guiding EducationIn order to help us get on in life, we have been trained by society to ask ‘what is wrong’. Indeed, at some level, the dominant educational model on the planet comes from our habitual thinking that there is something wrong with us… our lack of information, our instincts, our need to move and rest, our desire to play, explore, create, connect and have fun, our emotions and feelings and that our education systems needs to rectify those fundamental flaws so that we will become valuable to others (e.g. employers).In subtle and not so subtle ways, this is what we teach at home and in schools whether or not we are aware of it. So as individuals or institutions we spend our time mulling over what is awful or picking holes in our dreams for the future. Either way, we are on tuned into ‘What is Wrong FM?’ which serves only to keep us frozen in wrongness and struggle.Educational and Personal SuccessWhat we are discovering now though is that the most successful people in the world of business and sport, for example, have a very different approach to life. They have cultivated the habit of asking themselves what they would love (just like children).They decide what is truly important to them and stay focused on that regardless of what others consider is possible. They honor their own rhythms, call in the support they need and learn how to harness the power of emotions, feeling and inner guidance.Schools of the future will be guided my much more inspired questions such as ‘What would we love?’, ‘What is our highest vision for our children and the planet?’ and this shift alone will open the doors to a radically different education system, teaching styles and outcomes.