“There is nobody who is so enlightened that they don’t need to work on themselves.” — Terence McKenna
If you’re like me, you already know this about yourself. It’s important to keep learning and evolving. It’s certainly much easier if you enjoy it – and you’re young. Education can be a wondrous and magical process. But there are also times that it can be daunting and frustrating – picture 20-pound textbooks from college. Education methods and understanding how individuals engage in various settings has made tremendous advancements over the years.
I remember enrolling my son in Montessori a little over 20 years ago. Montessori is an approach to learning that emphasizes active learning, independence and cooperation with each child’s unique pace of development. The opportunity to grow and evolve individually was one of the areas I appreciated the most. They often say that we lose that sense of wonder when we are forced to adhere to strict guidelines and rules. Children are inherently curious and learning driven. Giving them opportunities to connect through a more holistic approach has a way of making a bigger impact.
Wonderful organizations like tinkrLAB, where hands-on projects help inspire innovation and invention, are feeding the idea that nurturing imagination makes a big difference in creating future inventors and entrepreneurs. And, under the premise that it takes a village to help a young person to succeed, we have organizations that move individuals to the next phase of understanding.
The Michigan State University Foundation and the Conquer Accelerator are also sources of education, encouragement and equipping those who want to take their ideas to the next level. Their website indicates that the organization fuels economic development initiatives through cutting-edge technologies invented by faculty, staff and students. It focuses on research, invention and entrepreneurship. The development of the Conquer Accelerator gives inventor teams an opportunity to hone in on growth over an intensive 10 weeks of work.
Technology is also taking this philosophy to a new level. Today, none of us can get by without technology. I was particularly interested in the value Davenport University has on technology in its nursing education. Students are given opportunities to connect with patient simulators that look (sort of) and act like real people with illnesses.
Whether you’re evolving through education or you’re looking for opportunities for your children, make sure you lean into the idea that it doesn’t have to be the same old type of education program or process you’re used to.