School’s traditional focus on the 3 R’s (reading, (w)riting and (a)rithamtic) is obsolete – the new focus is on the 3 C’s – Confidence, Curiosity and Compassion.
The age at which children learn to read and write is far less significant than whether they turn out to be confident, curious and compassionate people. Most children in competent schools will learn to read, write and do maths – that’s a given.
A more significant consideration is ‘What next?’ What do they do with that ability?
Are they confident in their ability to face challenges and solve problems? Are they curious about the world and want to seek out new knowledge and experiences? Do they see and understand with compassion towards both people and the Earth as a whole?
Many traditional school systems are so focused on reading, writing and doing maths, that they can lose out on more important abilities in children. It is far easier to teach children spelling than teaching them to trust their natural instincts to question and challenge. It is far easier to teach adding and subtracting than to teach confidence in themselves to find creative solutions to problems.
And far easier to teach children to lead and take charge than to teach compassion and kindness.
We constantly hear and read articles about the world of work our children will be entering and what they need to be prepared for. The consensus is that they will require radically different skills than the ones we have traditionally been teaching them. This new world of work will be dominated by technology and mechanization.
In order to provide value, our children will be required to do things that computers cannot.
They will need the confidence to work cooperatively in teams, across many nationalities and cultures. To progress through their work lives they will need curiosity about new information, methodologies and combinations. They will need to a different approach to information. Not reading it, but filtering the nonsense and turning the rest into knowledge and insight. They will need to be supreme problem solvers, but to do it with compassion and an appreciation of the wider implications of their solutions.
What are you doing to develop the 3 C’s in your children?