What is the purpose of education?
So how do we prepare your children for their future using an education system that was created in the past? To us, the answer lies in equipping them with not just the academics, but the application of soft skills that will take them much further: Adaptability, Collaboration, Empathy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, to name a few. It sounds simple, but ask yourself how many graduates you've encountered that just aren't prepared for what's expected of them.
And the reality is that very soon, having only the logical left-brained skills will not be enough. They have robots for that. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, said at the 2018 World Economic Forum, "We cannot teach our children to compete with the machines. We have to teach our children something unique like soft skills that knowledge cannot teach us. So that the machines can never catch up with us."
Even now, conglomerates like Google and Tesla are already priotising 21st Century soft skills over A's on paper and these are companies that shape the world around us. What does that say then about jobs that will exist 10 years from now?
Types of Learning Experiences
We're committed to providing rich learning experiences for our students.
At Sri Emas, students benefit from the full range of learning methods seen on Edgar Dale's Cone of Learning, with emphasis especially on direct, active learning [further up the Cone of Learning].
This means they are regularly doing activities such as presentations, simulations and gamification so they engage all their senses and have a more emotionally rewarding learning experience. As we have witnessed first-hand among our students [and affirmed by learning models like Bloom's Taxonomy], these higher forms of learning also help students to remember, understand and internalise better.
How have we been challenging the convention?
We're practitioners of the ACE EdVenture Approach, where efficient and engaging learning strategies such as simulations, games and presentations are essential in our education system. By transforming the way education is delivered and incorporating how most students learn best, we're immediately able to "shift the bell curve" and move students from Average to High Performance.
Educationalist Sir Ken Robinson said in his book 'The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything', "The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed - it needs to be transformed."
That's what we are doing here and why we're capable of achieving these results! Percentage (%) of our students achieving A and A*:
Cambridge IGCSE 2016 - Sciences (Bio, Phys, Chem) 44-60%, Maths and Add Maths 29-45%
Cambridge IGCSE 2017 - Sciences (Bio, Phys, Chem) 50-100%, Maths and Add Maths 33-50%
Did we also mention that we don't segregate our students into Science and Art streams either