What kind of human does the world need?
What sort of human does the world need? We see this question as the true centre of conversations about education - a conversation that has run off track, misled by questions like What sort of skills do my children need to compete?
The things that make the human species unique (our emotional, creative and communication abilities) are no longer the things that our education systems optimise. Driven by increasing emphasis on measurement, scores and short-term performance, the majority of our current education systems optimise for order, efficiency and predictability.
So if the nurturing of humanity's best qualities is no longer taking place in the classroom, who is looking after conversations about what it means to be good, what it means to be a caring person, what it means to be the best possible human?
Religious schools? In religious spaces where ethical qualities might've been cultivated in previous eras, dogma has largely taken the place of basic ethical reasoning.
Parents? In today's hectic world, it can be difficult to find the bandwidth to both care for a child's basic needs (clothing, shelter, food) and their ethical and character upbringing on a daily basis.
What this leaves is a gaping void in human development.
It is a problem for each child who is unable to realise his or her contribution as a human being; for each family that is restricted from living as a full, vibrant, interconnected unit; for each nation that is deprived of reasoning citisens capable of sound ethical judgment; and for the world, inhabited by an apex species that has voluntarily chosen its own ego over its ability to care.
Let's do something about it.
We started Kigumi Group to start to address some of these problems.
We design and run enrichment programmes for children; empower parents to become better stewards of their children’s character; and work with schools and other educational providers on ethics and values-driven curricula.