Insight: (common definition) The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing. 

In-Sight: (my definition) The ability to look inward and see the world as a reflection of ourselves and act in accordance.

Imagine what would happen if insight were fostered in the educational system from the very first day.

Insight, In-Sight. inSight.

Just imagine.

Imagine if insight were a part of the foundational structure of the educational system. It's time to disrupt the archaic systems in place. Education. Food. Government. Banking.

Sound scary?

Maybe. But it doesn't have to be.

In tech circles we hear the term disruption as par for the course in transformation and renewal of systems that aren't working. Uber, Betterment, Twitter, FaceBook are just some new and now old disruptors to the systems that weren't working as efficiently or as socially "open-sourced" as possible.

Back to education. Where are the disruptors? You have Kumon the online tutoring program and others like it and then there are schools around the country doing amazing things. Take the Harlem Children's Zone, a school that "has achieved unprecedented success, helping thousands of children and families and disrupting the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem." http://hcz.org/about-us/

This is a school that has disrupted the cycle of poverty and created a pipeline of success from early childhood through college. Their mantra is that "In order to achieve long-term success, children need consistent, comprehensive support. Our pipeline begins at birth and helps kids every step of the way until college graduation through exceptional education, social services, family support, health, and community-building programs. By continuously assessing the progress of our youth, we can leverage the power of our pipeline to fine-tune our programs and ensure that we are fully addressing the needs of every child, at every age." 

The notion of following a child from early childhood into college with wrap around services and a all-embracing holistic approach is not new. Rudolf Steiner developed what has become known as the Waldorf education process. "The structure of Waldorf education follows Steiner's theory of child development dividing childhood into three developmental stages, and describes learning strategies appropriate to each stage...The stated purpose of this approach is to awaken the "physical, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual" aspects of each individual, fostering creative as well as analytic thinking."

I have seen this innovative and I dare say disruptor in the educational system first hand. This week I was at the Waldorf School of San Diego. And it was beyond amazing!

"Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves." ~ Rudolf Steiner, Human Values in Education

 

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