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More on Charles Fadel's ideas and opinion, our Master Your Mind -platform, this week tip and more

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM

In this week’s blog we will elaborate more on Charles Fadel’s ideas and opinions. He is the founder and chairman of the Centre of Curriculum Redesign. As humanity we are on the verge of a new “Renaissance” driven by the exponential technological changes that are taken place and underway. How can our education catch up with these exciting new developments? We will share some high lights of last week’s Master Your Mind – platform session of the 18th of May and invite you to our next MYM-platform session on the 15th of June. We will end with an excellent personal coaching tip on how to prevent burn out.

Exponential technological changes are creating a fundamental moment in the life of human kind
Charles Fadel, the founder and chairman of the Centre for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), (http//curriculumredesign.org/) in some interviews explains why CCR is focusing on the WHAT that needs to be re-evaluated. (look at these links: High Level Policy Forum | English version – YouTube.Rethinking the Curriculum that Students Really Need – YouTubeCharles Fadel in Finland – YouTube.
Fadels says, that it is important to address the “WHAT” we are teaching our students in this 21st century. As the core group of Share2Uplift we talked about the “Law of Moore” in the past, where the computer powers are doubled every 18 months. But if we want our students to keep up with these exponential technological changes we will have to let our education catch up with these technological changes. The world is going to experience even faster developments because technologies from different areas are now being combined, creating even faster technological and scientific changes, specifically because of the rise of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on the one hand and at the other hand Biotechnology in particular Gene Editing. Against the background of these exponential changes CCR is advocating via their 4 dimensional educational framework, a strategy on how education can catch up with these 21st century changes.

The complete individual in the 21st century
What makes an individual a complete individual is a lot more than just knowledge, it is also how we use that knowledge meaning the skills to apply the knowledge. But then it is also the character traits on how we interact with the world. It is also mega cognition that makes us successful. Mega cognition is the ability to reflect on ourselves and on our own actions. It is these 4 dimensions of an education of the 21st century that makes us a complete person in the 21st century. Skills are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication abd called the 4 C’s.
Character is mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience these are intra personal. Ethics and leadership are interpersonal traits.
But how much of Knowlegde being taught is important? CCR advocates a slimming down of Knowledge that is now being over emphasized, so that a bit of room is created to introduce new modern knowledge and room is created to project more deeply time to acquire skills and develop character.

What should we be teaching and what not?
Is it personal Finance or marketing and sales or anthropology and sociology. It could become mandatory so that the students understand the world better. Conversely what are we teaching that has become obsolete? We need to seriously evaluate the traditional knowledge curriculum that is being taught and see if it is still necessary, instead of teaching obsolete knowledge in an age of Google which has made knowing facts by heart less relevant, while knowing what and how to search for information more relevant.

Through its high level political world forum, CCR opens the eyes of certain people and explains that what makes us successful in life, also makes societies and business successful. It is not about knowledge only, but also skills and character development. CCR consists of different jurisdictions and corporations and universities creating a high level political forum, that enables the possibility of reaching agreements on what can be taken out of the existing curriculum.

A key element in their approach in the design phase of what needs to be changed, is to use a multidisciplinary approach. To develop new curriculum, they don't leave this only to the experts, but ask people from the real world also participate and to rethink the priorities of every discipline. This in the design phase.

To manage enough political support, he calls this “will power” they bring together certain brands like the OECD, Harvard University, certain jurisdictions that are the most advanced in their educational systems and certain corporations, to discuss the changes in the curriculum. Once there is agreement you improve the changes of these ideas from being implemented. A change management policy should then be set in place to implement the changes.

We from the core group of share2uplift are of the opinion, that in Curacao we will have also have to find ways and means to evaluate and adapt the curriculum being taught in our educational institutions and in our workplaces, to ultimately prepare for the 21st century.

Our Master Mind Your Mind-platform session of the 18th of May and the next MYM-platform session
On the 18th of May we presented Simon Sinek’s: "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”. Go to this link to get a highlight of this book. Interview Simon Sinek - Full Interview with LeadersIn – YouTube,  15.55 - 24.38 minutes.

We also presented Patrick Lencionis school of thought based on "The Five Temptations of a CEO”; “The 5 dysfunctions of a team” and “The Advantage”. Check this link for the highlights in his work. By Patrick Lencioni.

Our next session will be on Thursday the 15th of June and we will discuss
Neuro wisdom, The new Brain science of Money, Happiness and Success, by Mark Waldman and Chris Manning including highlights of the book “Vrede kun je leren”. David Van Reybrouck & Thomas D’Ansembourg 2017. But we will also present the CCR-book: Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed, Charles Fadel the founder of Centre for Curriculum Redesign a platform aimed at 21st century education. At Biblioteka Nashonal from 7 – 8.30 pm.

A workshop that you might be interested in “Workshop Beleidskunde”

Register: http://www.universityofgovernance.com/workshop-beleidskunde


We want to align efforts of at least 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life and empowered with 21st century mindsets by the end of 2018. If these first 250 early adapters would think in possibilities, think positive, collaborate and continuously work on their personal growth, based on accepting 100 % responsibility for their own choices, Curaçao would increase exponentially its problem solving capacity. Curaçao would, within soon become a sustainable, healthy, wealthy and more happy island. So the core-group of Share2Uplift connects deliberately with Influencers being, those whom are “drivers” within their own circle of influence and sector. Every week we want to meet at least 2 new “drivers” in our fascinating journey. In our “soon to be revamped” new look www.share2uplift.org website we will start mentioning in an index, with their permission, the so-called Share2Uplift connectors and what they are doing that might be of interest for others willing to align efforts and empower each other with 21st century mindsets so stay tuned.

Personal Coaching tip
This week’s personal coaching tip is from Eric Barker, the author of the book Barking up the wrong tree.
How To Avoid Burnout: 3 Secrets From Research.
This is how to avoid burnout:

• Burnout is depression: You're not tired from your job; you're pessimistic about your job.

• Be optimistic: Remember the 3P's. (Every one of my blog posts is always good and it is personally due to me.)

• Find meaning in what you do: I'm writing this to help you. So I'm not burned out. (But, man, am I tired.)

• Double down on relationships: Work stress is a poison and friends are the antidote.

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Categories: Share2Uplift, 21st Century Mindsets, Master your mind - Bookclub sessions

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