It’s that time of the year again where many parents are on tenterhooks and many children stand at the crossroads of Ambuiguity, pondering the paths their lives may take with the turn of the national exams.
The tensions remain.
Parents may have bought into the myths of early success and its apparent ramifications for the future.
At their tender ages, some children may have had unfortunate encounters in school. They might have felt boxed up, and fitted into a prototype of what a successful student SHOULD look like–only to find that the “package” doesn’t quite fit comfortably.
It’s not a new story. Our systems have little tolerance for perceived exceptionality and mediocrity.
According to the article “Why there’s no such thing as a Gifted Child”, Guardian’s Wendy Berliner recounts the classic tale of the misfit:
“Most Nobel laureates were unexceptional in childhood. Einstein was slow to talk and was dubbed the dopey one by the family maid. He failed the general part of the entry test to Zurich Polytechnic – though they let him in because of high physics and maths scores. He struggled at work initially, failing to get academic post and being passed over for promotion at the Swiss Patent Office because he wasn’t good enough at machine technology. But he kept plugging away and eventually rewrote the laws of Newtonian mechanics with his theory of relativity.”
Most of that description sound like us and for the most part, our children, doesn’t it?
Einstein WAS that fish out of water. It was only when he found his ocean, that the tidal wave of discovery broke through.
Considering Einstein makes us circumspect that there can be a quick fix to achieving real success.
Allowing our Fish to find the Ocean
How can we as parents, ensure we cast a long view towards education and not be too quick to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree?
According to Berliner, who collaborated on the book Great Minds and How to Grow Them, “the latest neuroscience and psychological research suggests most people, unless they are cognitively impaired, can reach standards of performance associated in school with the gifted and talented. However, they must be taught the right attitudes and approaches to their learning and develop the attributes of high performers – curiosity, persistence and hard work, for example – an approach Eyre calls “high performance learning”.
In essence, we can help our children achieve their level of giftedness eventually, if we sow powerful attitudes and approaches to learning.
This brings me to the point of this article. Our family is truly heartened to have discovered that there ARE good providers in the marketplace that are centred on that philosophy and who are committed to support our child’s quest towards their own exceptionality.
Flying Cape – Our Holistic Education Partners
Flying Cape, a holistic education platform, believes that maximizing learning potential in our children starts with understanding how each child is unique in terms of interests and learning styles.
Their S.M.A.R.T framework is taken from the best research from renowned academics all over the world and translates into clear and actionable plans for parents and children to employ.
If you don’t already know by now or are just going by guesswork or instinct. It may be good to find out your child’s strengths, interests and learning styles using Flying Cape’s diagnostic assessments.
Flying Cape’s free Multiple Intelligence assessment, designed by globally acclaimed educator Dr Brenton Shearer, can help refine our expectations about what our children are good at.
My son, who’s into Lego and Robotics was found to be logic smart (all that tinkering made sense!) while my daughter fared well in the picture smart category (countless doodles).
Knowing this, gives us a sense of how to create that supportive environment for our kids to bloom. I don’t expect my daughter to excel in all areas but knowing she has an artistic streak helps me focus on where her strengths lie.
The good thing about Flying Cape’s selection of class package is there is no one size fits all programme.
Let your child try out a wide range of activities using the All-You-Can-Learn Class Buffet and determine a fit of school and teaching style. At 5 classes for a flat fee of $99, it’s a steal.
2. MAP Out Personalized Plan
Flying Cape’s Compass Map reveals their philosophy and position on education. In fact, academics is just one launchpad to realworld success.
Pivotal to the CompassMap, is the idea that success in academics is not the only way to ensure success in the real world.
Working alongside, are a host of character attributes and multipliers that can accelerate and trigger that significant development and growth.
Particularly notable is the emphasis on performance character which is termed as “Having the internal drivers to overcome challenges”.
Performance Character refers to habits and/or dispositions that an individual uses to motivate themselves to overcome personal challenges and hardships. This is not unlike what Angela Duckworth has popularized, in the form of GRIT. It coheres too, with the importance of equipping children with core character traits that will help them push through till they achieve success.
Interaction Multipliers are focused mainly on socials skills, such as Public Speaking, Leadership and Negotiation Skills. Learning Multipliers focus on “Techniques on HOW we learn what we need to learn” such as memory recall, speed reading, mind mapping. These skills are rarely taught in schools but are equally important for learning.
3. ACCESS Classes & Activities
Next, search for your desired classes at flyingcape.com.sg. Classes are sorted by category (according to the 8 intelligences and via age groups).
The friendly customer service is impeccable and the Flying Cape Team fields your questions and concerns while facilitating your booking if you encounter any issues or difficulties.
Get your child’s active input in deciding on the type of classes. Commitment to learn is always stronger if it is a joint decision between parent and child.
4. REVIEW Progress & Achievements
Get regular feedback from your child’s teachers. Measure what matters – Flying Cape’s holistic scorecard helps you track all the activities and classes your child has attended, all in one place.
5. TURBO CHARGE For Greater Success & Confidence
Affirm your child’s progress and jointly determine next steps. Increase the level of difficulty or try out new ways of learning where appropriate. Explore practical applications of new found skills and knowledge.
It takes a village to raise a child and Flying Cape are our family’s trusted partners. The road ahead is long, so we invite you to come onboard.
One of our favourite Dr Seuss books inspires with a few wise lines to all who want to succeed:
“So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains.
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
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