Steve Jobs once said, ‘Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,’ and that statement has never been more meaningful than it is today. ‘Innovate or perish’ is not only a reminder to the business sector, but a wakeup call to the educational fraternity as well.
In his groundbreaking work ‘Creating Innovators’, education expert Tony Wagner makes a provocative look at why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill and what young people need from parents and teachers to become the innovators of tomorrow. In this age of rapid transformation, where human life is being influenced by phenomenal changes all round, education remains ‘unaffected’, unfortunately. Its high time our schools focus on creating ‘the change makers of tomorrow’, by developing in our schools “a culture of innovation, based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem solving and intrinsic motivation”.
We, at EPS has been making a sincere effort to promote the 21st century skills of Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration and Communication among our learners. The various teaching learning strategies at EPS are designed to foster and promote the above skills, in order to make learning more relevant and purposeful. While we agree that a lot more need to be done to impact this new culture of learning, we are confident that we are in the right direction. Education is not all about what the learners know, or need to know, it is more about preparing them to do what they need to do with what they know. While many countries are channelizing all their energies and resources towards the ‘reimagining’ of their educational system, it appears that our obsession with ‘traditional schooling’ is hard to die. I stand here, to assure all present, that our resolve to make a marked difference in the way we educate our children .and our belief in a system of education that goes beyond ‘schooling’ would continue, and we would leave no stone unturned in this effort.
Mathew K G