- To learn (Jasmine)
- To expand the way we think (Josh)
- Taking on challenges and learning things that will affect your future (Dean)
- To learn lessons in life (Sasha)
- To support our future (Zac)
- To get the tools we need for the future (Gabe)
- To get a profession (Amy)
- To experience things and find out what you’re good at (Emma)
- To get people to enjoy life, study interesting things and even use it in your future (Jay)
- To learn to be successful in life (Amy.F)
- To learn, so we won’t be stupid (Lele) (!)
- To keep human knowledge forever by passing it down to following generations (Matthew)
- To learn so you can grow up to do something that may help others (Gemma)
As a PYP school, we emphasise inquiry and focus on promoting higher order thinking, through powerful central ideas and a concept based curriculum. In the few years since we first implemented the PYP, we’ve really seen our students’ thinking develop. The more they are exposed to big ideas and encouraged to engage them with them, the more they ‘wow’ us with the the depth of their thinking and the way they articulate it. I wonder if they would have answered the same way, a few years back. I wonder what they would have thought of the question! I wonder what they’ll be like in another 5 years…
I love Emma’s idea that a goal of education is to find out what you’re good at. It reminded me of something I heard in a TED talk I listened to the other day. In his talk on teaching kids to be entrepeneurs, Cameron Herold says it’s a shame that kids are given tutors in the areas they’re not good at. How much better would it be if they had extra coaching in the things they’re talented at and passionate about?!
Which response appeals to you?