The Eduspire Paradigm: a child-led vision for the future of education

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A civilisation’s approach to education defines that civilisation. And its approach to education is determined by how it views its young.

The time has come to stop viewing children as passive recipients and dependent consumers of educational packages designed and delivered by adults, and to instead acknowledge, honour and celebrate children as the teachers, artists, poets, philosophers, visionaries, pioneers, entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, community builders, way showers and trail blazers that they truly are.

The “education revolution” is an inside job. And the people riding the crest of the wave of this inner shift in human consciousness are children. They have the power to lead us out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of truth. Our job as awakened adults is to listen, trust and follow their lead.

The Eduspire Paradigm is a conceptual framework for education and life ‘outside the box’. Its purpose is to liberate children from the chains of externalised conditioning.

Eduspire stands for ‘education infused with spirit’. Rather than children being ‘educated’ (which implies external teaching or instruction), they can instead be ‘eduspired’ – that is, inspired to educate themselves.

Eduspire is an approach that empowers children to go within; to look inside themselves for answers, for guidance, for love, approval, happiness, meaning and fulfilment. It is an inside-out model of education that gives rise to an inside-out world view. A healthy and harmonious relationship on the inside translates into healthy and harmonious relationships on the outside.

At the heart of the Eduspire Paradigm are twelve presuppositions, born out of my own life experience. The interrelationship and overlap between them is intentional; they are to be viewed collectively, as befitting a model of education designed to support a multi-dimensional, synergistic and co-creative view of life. If acted upon, these twelve presuppositions have the power to set our children free; to unleash their innate passion, wisdom, playfulness and creativity.

All of my interactions with children are guided by these twelve presuppositions. I live my own life according to these twelve presuppositions. I am committed to the design, development and support of learning spaces and environments that operate in accordance with these twelve presuppositions.

Together, we can create a New Way of Life on this planet. A New Civilisation. A New Humanity. A New Earth.

The Eduspire Presuppositions

Presupposition #1:
Every child is a unique, divine spark of unlimited creative potential with a unique educational path to follow.

Presupposition #2:
The simplicity and wonder of childhood is real life.

Presupposition #3:
Learning is as natural as breathing; it is a by-product of living.

Presupposition #4:
Education is the pursuit of passion.

Presupposition #5:
The purpose of education (and life) is to be yourself.

Presupposition #6:
A child’s inner guidance is more reliable than any external source of authority. Authentic freedom means 100% responsibility.

Presupposition #7:
Children and adults are equals and co-learners. We are all teachers; who we are being in any given moment is our greatest teaching.

Presupposition #8:
Nature has infinitely more to teach us than any creation of the human mind. The purpose of technology is to enhance human experience, not to define it.

Presupposition #9:
Failure is feedback; we always succeed in achieving an outcome.

Presupposition #10:
The only constant in life is change; any educational model or community should be in a perpetual state of evolution.

Presupposition #11:
A ‘Creative Learning Space’ is one that fosters learning, creativity and innovation through its defining values of Play, Trust and Collaboration.

Presupposition #12:
Providing a rich ecology of educational opportunities and resources is a collective responsibility of the whole community.

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Children as teachers of the New Earth

We are moving out of the Information Age and into the Innovation Age. And yet we are still relying on an Industrial Age model of education. We are running Education 1.0 software in a Society 3.0 operating system.

Does this make any sense to you?

Standard students wearing standard uniforms in standard classrooms following a standardised curriculum sitting standardised tests……

Does this sound like a recipe for creativity and innovation?

We can’t meet the needs of 21st Century learners with a 19th Century mindset.

But the school system is so entrenched into the fabric of society that is seems there is no viable alternative. What to do?

CREATE A NEW SOCIETY.

A New Civilisation.
A New Humanity.
A New Earth.

It starts with education.

To be more specific, it starts with how we view CHILDREN.

A civilisation’s approach to education (which is determined by how it views its young) DEFINES that civilisation.

Children are no longer to be viewed as passive recipients and dependent consumers of educational packages delivered to them by adults. That is the Old Way of education. It created our world of fear, division and separation.

The truth is, children are natural born creators and innovators. They are to be viewed and treated as such.

Children have the answers.

Children know the Truth.

Children are wayshowers for a world of adults paralysed by fear.

Children themselves are the key to solving all the problems that we face on this planet.

They are riding the crest of the wave of the tsunami of transformation that is about to sweep across the globe and improve life for us all.

Our job as adults is to LISTEN to them, EMPOWER them and to TRUST them. To LET them out of the box of fear, control and conformity that we have been hiding inside for eons.

Our children are the light at the end of the tunnel. We must get out of the way and follow their lead.