While school education is the determining stage of learning for students, they struggle to develop a critical thinking mindset with a linear curriculum-based teaching approach that promotes the grading culture of student assessment.
In a recent Cambridge Assessment Research Survey, 87% of lecturers said that too much teaching to the test is one of the major reasons that students are under-prepared for degree-level study post-school education.
In the digital era of internet education today, the compelling need to move away from the traditional one-dimensional learning is on a red alert. To stipulate a more successful educational framework, more time has to be spent on teaching students ‘how to think critically and creatively’, essentially changing the footing of classroom education to a multidimensional learning culture.
Integrating a thinking philosophy into the student curriculum teaches them to think independently and equip them to explore their creative potential more freely. Encouraging students and inspiring them to think critically on their own will teach them how to analyze the learning concepts and grasp them with more purposeful traction. Encompassing a holistic approach to learning that’s centered on critical thinking will ensure that these concepts are not just singularly taught in theory, but also practiced and mastered as skilling abilities in the process. SNIS encompasses student learning in an educational framework that is designed with an emphasis on trans-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning in Cambridge IGCSE and PYP International School curriculum, to ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s skilled thinkers.
Going for ‘a dialogue, rather than a debate’ approach to change the context of one-dimensional education in a multi-dimensional world, it is important to recognize that real knowledge has more to offer than just become a means to pass exams. The school education system must run in tandem with the real world to prepare students with education as a tool in their arsenal of academic combat to develop useful skills. Inculcating a thinking approach to student learning will shape students with well-rounded thinking capabilities and build key life skills that are actually useful in the students’ real-life, rather than just learning wise banter in theory.
Moving away from taking the linear approach to student learning, it’s time to change the focus to holistic learning by developing a built-in culture of educational exploration with critical thinking practices. Putting high-level thinking practices and techniques under the focus, students can deliberate skill opportunities that emphasize on career-oriented application of those skills in the real world. The focus on critical thinking skills within the curriculum will ensure the integrated development of the most in-demand 21st-century skills in the students and help define clear career opportunities post-school education. At SNIS, we prepare our students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers with International Baccalaureate standards of education and PYP International School curriculum, focusing on the all-round development of the children as inquirers, both in the classroom and in the world outside.