Integral Education: Strategic Challenges & Road-Map ahead (V). Strategic Innovation in Education-Infants (Part A).
Good afternoon to all:
First thing first. As I mentioned in my twitter, I changed the agenda for this theme. Instead of writing about emerging markets, I will generalize for all the countries (advanced economies, emerging countries, and developing nations). Please see the agenda version 2.0 below:
I did the change in the outline because even if we are lucky to live in a developed nation, education is a theme with multiple views and contexts. Advanced economies also have to change their educational qualifications frameworks. Not just the developing countries or emerging markets.
Let´s start today with the second subtheme: “Strategic Innovation: Early Childhood, Kindergarten, and K-12”.
Unless your baby is born with a birth defect or biological reasons have affected him-her to be mentally retarded, every “normal” baby is able to enhance their brain development through the correct amount of stimulation, quality experiences, and education.
“Generalized developmental retardation occurs mainly in mental deficiency, prematurity, severe physical illnesses during the mother´s pregnancy”. A deprived child who lives in extreme poverty may be affected by sicknesses or by lack of nutrition in their first years of life, and in consequence, their brain development may be affected.
I will set some boundaries about this theme. It is written for people who have been born without mental disabilities. Or in common language, to “normal people”. For your information, “5% of people have an IQ under 70 and this is generally considered as the benchmark for “mental retardation”. I won´t dig into the aspects of education for mentally disabled people. Ok.
Of course, there are children who are born genius, and we have to admit their genetics have had a strong impact in their IQ score. Einstein had an IQ of 160, and he was ranked at the level of genius (e.g. Nobel Prize winners). Anyone who is able to graduate from a high-respected university has usually an IQ between 110 to 144.
But for the purposes of this article, let´s just talk about average “normal people”. A person with an average IQ between 90 – 109 is considered a normal or average intelligence human being.
Even though there are some who believe that human intelligence is encoded in our genes only, the majority of brain development experts agree that heritability of IQ is at 50 to 80 percent. This idea leaves at least a room of 20 to 50 percent to improve the brain development by education. This article is written for the average IQ people in the world (not for the genius, not for the mentally deficient) who wish to develop their brain since the conception.
My hypothesis is based on a research from Norwegian experts (2011), stating that IQ scores are indeed malleable, primarily through intervention in early childhood. These experts found that some of the main factors that make the brain develop in a healthy way are unique experiences, such as how kids are taught, their diet, their parental upbringing, and all these reasons help to improve the IQ tests later in life when they are ready to join the University. During childhood, kids who are born with an average intelligence can improve their IQ levels if they are exposed to positive stimuli at early childhood, and to more years of education to develop their brain. Through education, we can improve IQ tests between 5 to 10 points, by the time we join the University.
Each level of our life is affected by how we are educated. And if we wish to become excellent business owners and entrepreneurs, better we educate kids in a multidimensional strategic innovation framework for education with the following key dimensions:
- Personalized attention to each individual (Who)
- An integral content of Education (What)
- Quality of education (How)
- Extended time for education (before conception through all our life) – (When)
- Education with a purpose (Why)
- Ethical values education through all our life (How)
- Legacy and Generational Impact (How)
- Dynamic traveled multi-country education (Where)
- Emotional stability (How)
- Social interaction (How)
Eleonora Escalante Strategy proposes a strategic innovation education framework which answers the needs and wants of future generations. For each stage of life, we have to educate our kids with a strategic innovation perspective. If we wish to provide the tools for our babies to become creative, innovative and integral in ethical values and long-term vision orientation, we need to teach them to be as such! Independently if our kid has an average IQ or an IQ of 110, or 120, or 160.
Let´s see the following slides (today is the turn of infants between 0 to 12 months). During the rest of the week, we also will see the toddlers phase, Pre-schoolers, Kindergarten, and K-12.
To be continued… Stay tuned.
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Disclaimer: All the presentation slides shown on this blog are prepared by Eleonora Escalante MBA-MEng. Nevertheless, all the pictures or videos shown on this blog are not mine. I do not own any of the lovely photos or images posted unless otherwise stated.
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