Yes, you heard me! Not only are we back in school for an exciting new year, but we are thinking big. For me, each Monday represents a new beginning, an upgraded version of what I was last week, whether that is a chance to start anew or to advance my projects. Either way, Mondays are positively charged for me. We all live in a world that treasures endings more than beginnings, being scared of changes and the “terrible unknown”. In this respect, children are fearless role-models. Their sparking curiosity helps them reach heights we cannot even fathom. They can grasp abstract notions more easily and turn them into beautiful products of their imagination. They can make the world a better place. As an educator, I believe this is where STEM education comes in.
In a not so distant future, programming will become the universal language and our traditional notions of living will become destitute, just like the floppy disk. Welcoming a new era, as did generations before us, with an open mind and a positive attitude will help us prepare our children for the jobs that haven’t been invented yet, like “Nanoparticles Operator” or “Cosmic Curator” and to socialize with their fellow robot colleagues. I want my grandchildren to know their history, their roots and values, to tap into their souls and become beautifully complex human beings. And I also want them to have the opportunity now to learn about tomorrow and the power of new beginnings. Check out the video below to see what I mean.
Finally, I will give you some food for thought, as I deeply resonate with Eric Hoffer saying “in times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists”. For that, we should all adopt a positive mindset that is flexible to change, beginnings and, well… we could start with Mondays ☺.