Because the “ask” certainly is portentous! Not only do BIS students have to excel academically, but we expect them to squeeze the juice from their time at school and take part in sports, arts, ECA’s and a variety of other cerebral activities that are all a drain on their physical and emotional time. We want BIS students to celebrate success, to want to be in leadership groups, to immerse themselves in valuable community service activities and always, but always, seek new challenges and never be static.
Can it be done and is it a good aspiration?
The simple answer is…yes it can be done and yes it is a good aspiration.
A good frame of mind is that of Demand-High within which students are more actively engaged if they have a series of increasingly complex micro-demands situated around them through a number of distinct mediums that force them to adopt and adapt their style of learning in order to accomplish the task they are faced with.
It is not simply making stuff more complex, it knows when and where we can make a nudge or a shift that will take the learner to meet a new demand, a doable demand that in turn leads to a whole new level of accomplishment.
For it is a reality that we are preparing BIS students for the world beyond BIS. To do otherwise would not make sense. And it is no longer sufficient to have a certificate with a great number on it: this may get your foot in the door, but what about the other umpteen others who also have the same certificate with the same number on it. The world beyond BIS is looking for people who can offer more and in abundance, so we have to arm BIS students with that abundance: you may excel at academia, but do you know how to make an effective presentation, you may be a sports star, but do you know how to shake a hand and greet with just the right amount of confidence, do you choose the comfy chair right in front of the interviewing panels desk or the hard wooden one just that bit further back. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes or you will never learn!
As the sage in the black turtle neck so succinctly put it,
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”