Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized TestsJuly 10, 2019
FACT: We are no longer living in a knowledge based economy where teaching that focuses on test scores will guarantee success in academia, the workplace, and life. Credentials and labels like “gifted” or “smartest” are no longer sufficient in today’s innovative world.
FACT: We are living in an Innovative economy where students need transformative teaching and learning that focuses on both interpersonal and intellectual skills ( IQ AND EQ) to excel in happiness and success in academia, the workplace and life.
FACT:The individual who can be mindful, create, communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and inspire others will excel in today’s world.
Any good school will get your child the grades for admission into high school and college. However your child’s knowledge will just be another score on another transcript in a pile of many students with good grades that were achieved from good schools. Even with straight A’s and a “gifted” label, your child runs the risk of being just another transcript or resume in a pile of many of the same.
Good grades will get you in the door…But then what? Is just a good grade enough in this ever changing competitive world for your child to achieve success in life?
"Every businessperson knows that the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but mainly as “threshold capabilities”; that is, they are the entry -level requirements for positions. But my research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have an analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader."
— Daniel Goleman
IQ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
IQ Effective Oral and Written Communication
IQ Accessing and Analyzing Information
EQ Collaboration and Leading by Influence
EQ Adaptability and Resilience
EQ Initiative and Self Motivation
EQ Curiosity and Imagination
At IDEAL we model and talk about these skills ( IQ and EQ) with the students daily. We ensure they know that they have these skills and that these skills must be nurtured, developed, and celebrated.
Communication, interpersonal skills, materials management, time planning, task analysis, accountability, creativity, problem-solving, resilience, mindfulness, respect – the set of mind skills demanded to be successful at the IDEAL School reads more like those needed in the real world employment than those demanded by fill in the bubble multiple choice tests.
Our enchanting school culture tiers intellectual and emotional intelligence skill expectations from grade to grade giving students a succession of achievements – building their confidence so they create positive behavior patterns and see themselves as creative problem solvers and innovative learners.
The cumulative effect, year on year, is that having this ability to mindfully approach an interpersonal or intellectual problem where the answer, or maybe even the real question, is unknown, feels natural to the IDEAL student. This is an immensely empowering skill to instill in our students. IDEAL students are equipped to become future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. They will make their dreams a reality!