We believe that children’s innate curiosity, creativity and imagination should be nurtured.
In 2016 World Economic Forum’s report identified creativity, collaboration, teamwork, and emotional intelligence as key skills the world will need in 2020. Yet current education is increasingly driven by standardised testing and competition, over focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills and academicism alongside making cuts to arts, physical and outdoor programs.
Current and future generations of children are being failed by a system that does not recognise their gifts, talents and unique ways of learning. We have an epidemic of depression among young people and high rates of suicide. Central to this is the mainstream model of education.
What type of intelligence and competencies do our children need to navigate the so-called VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world of the 21st century? The film explores the deeper structural conditions that have led to the crisis in mainstream education and most importantly, examples of successful alternatives.
Some key facts:-
- 27% of children drop out of school early in Australia – the structure of the current system condemns large numbers of children as failures.
- 53% of teachers in Australia drop out within the first five years of teaching feeling disillusioned and unsupported.
- NASA study on creative potential of their rocket scientists and engineers found less than 2% of all adults scored at genius level. When test was applied to 4-5 year old children 98% were at creative genius level. This genius level dropped by 68% after five years of schooling.
- 80% of students in USA suffer symptoms of anxiety and there is an epidemic of depression among young people and high rates of suicide.
- 50% of students in South Korea had suicidal thoughts. South Korea is seen to have one of the top ranking education systems in the world in terms of academic achievement.
- Youth homelessness is connected to irrelevant curricula, neglect of under-achievers, poor teacher-student relationships and inflexible and alienating institutional structures.
- Quality education, particularly early childhood education, can reduce incidences of heart disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
- In the USA, preschoolers (children aged 3-4) get expelled at a rate three times of Primary to Year 12 students. This sets the children on a trajectory of low self esteem and a problematic engagement with the educational system.
- Australia has second highest rate of antidepressant prescriptions in the world after Iceland.
- In 2002, Western Australia ADHD prescriptions were among the highest in the developed world, exceeding the US national average.
Some Key Principles
- Acknowledging the WHOLE CHILD and their development. A new pedagogy provides a varied and balanced program that consciously cultivates the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual development. Help to rethink how children and their education are perceived by parents and educators.
- Honouring IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY. Children are creative, imaginative humans beings. The film will show that all forms of art foster imagination and creativity which informs and supports all forms of academic learning.
- Fostering CURIOSITY. Curiosity is innate in children, yet by the time they finish high school it has frequently been diminished by fear of ridicule.
- Engaging CRITICAL THINKING. In a world of false news the learning the skill of critical, reflective thinking helps children find the essence and wisdom of the information.
- Awakening the GENIUS of each child – genius in connecting with a sense of purpose and meaning in life, providing an opportunity for each child to connect with their joy, their talents and many interests. This nurtures the most valuable resource for humanity – the passionate human mind.