So, as some of you may know, I am a big fan of American Football. Being from Texas, this is something of a cultural expectation, and one that I happily rise up to meet.
This past weekend I spent more than a fair amount of time watching college football. I watched traditional powerhouses plow over weaker opponents. I saw massive underdogs rise up to defeat traditional powers (who is Jacksonville State?). I also saw teams with amazing potential play horrendous football because they could not adjust to change. Unfortunately, this last example is best exemplified by my Texas A&M Aggies, but the season is still early.
What sports taught me is that “potential” only matters up until the game starts, and what happened when this game started? We were forced by an injury to pivot to a new situation, and adjust our plans to account for change. The big takeaway here is that you can have all the best individuals, with all the talent in the world. You can have the best plan, with contingencies mapped out in excruciating detail. You can have the best intentions, and security in your ethical correctness. None of that matters until you are expected to improvise in the face of the unexpected.
That is something we try to instill in our kids at AISL. It would be very straightforward to prepare them for their futures if this was 30 or 40 years ago. Things were more set then. Today we have to build in them the skills to quickly analyze and adapt to changing environments. One of the most prevalent cliches in education is that “we are preparing kids for jobs that don’t yet exist.” Too often this is interpreted as being simply a call for more STEAM education. That’s not how I read it.
The way I see it is that we need to prepare our kids to decode, interpret, analyze, plan and execute in the face of constant and unrelenting change, the pace of which accelerates as technology advances. That is what traditional education lacks, and the big advantage of the IB framework.
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Thanks to you all. AISL wouldn’t be the same without you. Have a great weekend!
Dr. Rick Odum
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