I can confirm with absolute certainty that our children are so much more aware of everything than we adults are. We can learn from them. They still live their innate creativity and are born creative geniuses (as were we) until they hit school and are being squeezed into boxes to fit systems, behave and follow orders.

TEDx Tucson, George Land “The Failure of Success” created assessments for NASA to find the most creative people and when he took it to the public he realised that the schooling system kills creativity from 98% at age 5 to 2% as an adult.

We are done with the old system. We need a new and innovative school system that no longer follows the school system of the industrial revolution that was created to program workers from an early age on to come daily to work from 9-5. People used to live with the rhythm of nature. Artificial intelligence and robots will soon enough replace many jobs, so our children need to be more creative and have a strong set of soft skills especially self-compassion and compassion. Here is a short video from the world economic forum about what we need to teach our children.

Curiously we keep wanting our children to be innovative, inventors, creative, able to think outside the box, courageous etc. yet as parents and teachers we demand from them that they sit still all day and learn what they are being told to learn while being graded and told they are failures. Think about it. How do you really want your children to grow up? What do you really want them to be able to do? Most of  all, who do you really want them to be? Themselves? What does it mean to be themselves? Who is your child at heart? What does it need and want for its growth and expansion?

Increasingly we have highly sensitive children who need guidance along their path and most of all they need to be understood. There are schools that have increased recess time. Their ADD and ADHD rates dropped. That simple.

There are schools that have the worst reputation in their city. They introduced more art, music and creativity and suddenly the students are much more motivated and engaged.

I would love to read or hear about a school that truly offers teenagers the possibility to start later in the morning as their bodies are going through tremendous changes and have a different sleeping pattern. We are ignoring completely what our children need and sacrifice their well-being for what I may ask?