Everyday, the educational landscape is changing. Here are a few of our favorite examples of "non-traditional" learning programs:
Praxis, a rigorous education and professional development program.
Khan Academy a MOOC which offers free world-class education for anyone, anywhere
Khabele+Strong a place for students “to explore the entire range of knowledge. Conversations about love, life, and the universe. Go deep into those things - those things you love.”
The Waters Foundation offers academic and lifetime benefits to students through the effective application of systems thinking concepts, habits and tools in classroom instruction and school improvement.
Today, companies are seeking employees who want to demonstrate personal mastery and are driven by owning their work, and these qualities are typically associated with an entrepreneurial background. So it’s no wonder why “one in three employers said they are looking for entrepreneurial experience in their potential hires”.
So, why do the most innovative companies want to “hire” entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship is a favorable skill-set because it exposes people to a real-world and multifaceted experience, but so does alternative education. In fact, many alternative programs are designed to inspire young people by giving them the freedom to think like an entrepreneur and master skills like: resilience, innovation, creativity, and adaptability. These programs encourage students to showcase their skills and capabilities in more active, practical ways that demonstrate their passion and mastery - conversations, projects, websites and other original works. When you’re an entrepreneur, the project is you.
“Not only do we live in a knowledge economy, but also an economy which rewards creativity and innovation, and often, these people either have alternative backgrounds or come from alternative schools.” - Khotso Khabele
With the ever growing complexities of today’s business world, companies are beginning to search for talented individuals who can think both holistically and analytically. The problem, as Linda Booth Sweeney wrote, is that “in school, many of us were taught subjects in a compartmentalized way," which limits our ability to practice systems thinking.
So, could it be true that the new competitive advantage for the workplace is adjusting to and accepting more people who have alternative education backgrounds?