Why we need to change the questions we ask of our children, our teachers and ourselves!
“Humanity is not defined by its problems. It is defined by how we respond to our problems.” Mama Marlaine
My mother was a grade school teacher for more than 30 years from the age of 19 in the Philippines and then retired in 1993. Perhaps it influenced my final year Industrial Design school furniture project that challenged the educational system. It encouraged children NOT to sit in their seats! What I’ve learned over many years and more recently with Marlaine Cover, founder of Parenting 2.0 could take your coaching, teaching and parenting to the next level. After all, isn’t our goal to solve a meaningful problem whatever our profession?
As health coaches, we are Sparking the Change to change health education and helping people find their best health, wellbeing and potential. As a Global Presence Ambassador with Parenting 2.0, we are changing the view of our current educational system & academics to one that focuses on a heart centered empowerment of parents & life skills for the 21st century.
So, you see, my coaching friends and healers, this aligns with everything we aspire to. We are all parents, children, educators as well as coaches. We are all asking, how can we do (fill in the blank) better? What did I really learn from that experience? What change do I need to be?
“The world is my classroom, every occupant my teacher” Mama Marlaine
This is what Wikipedia broadly defines as skills needed for the 21st century:
- Learning and innovation skills: critical thinking and problem solving, communications and collaboration, creativity and innovation
- Digital literacy skills: information literacy, media literacy, Information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy
- Career and life skills: flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural interaction, productivity and accountability
The question is, who teaches our children respect, personal care, how to organize themselves, communication and social skills? ‘Skills that every human being learns in some measure’ regardless of class, culture or status. Do we rely on the current system for teaching this curriculum? In my own humble opinion and experience being a product of the 20th century ‘system’, this is a meaning problem worth solving & changing and this is how we can be part of the solution, the next level global consciousness.
“What a small group of people achieved for academic education in the 20th century, Parenting 2.0 is achieving for Life Skills education in the 21st Century.” Mama Marlaine
- Download and use the Life Skills report card as a tool in your coaching practice, your workplace and your home. It can be used in any manner that serves to identify critical opportunities for personal progress.
- Learn to develop a growth mindset that fosters confidence in learning at the level of belief. Rewarding the effort more than the outcome will lead to real achievement.
- Lead the process positively focusing on what naturally comes best then invite them to learn from others as well. We are all in this together!