I have created this acronym STEP to embody creative and critical thinking skills that must be inculcated in all children through education in formal as well as informal educational settings. These skills support proactive learning as individuals engage in multifaceted contexts throughtout life. Only when individuals engage with the new information through questioning, exploring, sharing understandings, they learn meaningfully and can better apply the acquired knowledge to new situations.
Struggles: An Opportunity for Growth Anu Bhatia 11th Sep 22 Charles Wagner and Professor S: “A revered speaker whom Theodore Roosevelt once invited to the White House, Charles Wagner began as a poor French preacher shunned by the orthodox sect of his church. In...
Too much stability has been scientifically linked to a lack of growth & learning in our lives. As the old adage goes, “Old ways won’t open new doors.” Staying in your comfort zone can restrict you, keep your emotional bandwidth from expanding & cutting you off from new experiences or from taking a leap toward what you really want.
“Courage may be the most important gift of all. It is not something we are born with. It is not something that, for the most part, we learn in school. Rather, it is a choice that anyone can make—if they are willing to pay the price. It is courage, perhaps more than...
I think not just in a severe conflict or war situations, but also in everyday life where sundry complexities abound and surround humans, this kind of a ‘thinking disposition’ empower the young to use effectively their reasoning and navigate their way through personal as well as professional quandaries that could be ambiguity ridden. Enculturating such thinking behaviors warrantees schools’ top priority and our schools need to make a surge of effort in this direction.
In an apparent attempt to restrict the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT), the new Texas law (June 2021) prevents a teacher from exploring any topic (not just the state’s history of enslavement) in a way that makes a student “feel discomfort, guilt, (or) anguish.” Twenty-six states are considering or have passed bills to make sure critical race theory is not taught in their public schools. Alas! The reasoning that backs this law doesn’t chime with many including me! So we’re going to make our student as the final arbiter of what teaching areas cause discomfort and therefore removed from curriculum? And is this ‘discomfort’ really detrimental to growth and development, or rather a contributor?