In our new, competitive world, children’s academic results are of great importance, but so, too, are the basic skills of living. Some of these basic living skills are being forgotten in the race for good academic qualifications. A few articles are now highlighting the lack of some abilities, such as a child not knowing how to pack his own school bag, or not being able to take a shower by himself at the age of 8 years, or not being able to tie a bow or a knot.
These basic abilities are critical because they help children develop coordination, a sense of space and order, and, of course, independence. With independence come other vital skills including curiosity, problem solving and analysis. Academic competence is vital as a first step, but for high achievers, the latter three skills are equally important.
In a Venture classroom, we expect students to question the teacher, to give opinions, to express their thoughts and ideas and to grasp quite difficult concepts, such as those evolving from the grammar and from the topics under discussion or that are evoked through the reading comprehensions.