To enable all students equal opportunity to discover and develop their potential interests, talents, skills and “Creative Relationships” for self, humanitarian and environmental enhancement.
In Experiential Education, students are empowered to collaborate in teams of mutual interest and to learn how to motivate adults to share their creativity. Through this empowerment, many benefits and opportunities can be realized by the students.
Their interests expand by exploring. They can choose their favorite interests to negotiate with adults in arranging suitable apprenticeship projects to develop potential talents and skills and to form partnerships with peers and adults. The curriculum becomes more meaningful, especially as the materials are presented in relation to their creative interests. They will have more incentive to master the subjects. Academic achievement can soar. Their self-esteem expands and they can become role models for improving humanity.
They can organize projects with adults to make needed repairs at their schools.
If gang members can be attracted to join Experiential Education, they can learn to become creative manipulators and respectable members of their communities. As they complete apprenticeship projects, Certificates of Accomplishments are awarded at special ceremonies. The accumulated record of a student’s expanded interests and Certificates of Accomplishments could move “test scores” to a back seat in evaluating student competency for graduating and choosing future goals. They can chose their life’s work based on multiple talents and skills, rather than on fantasy, chance or expectations of others.
With expanded creativity, more students can excel academically and qualify for higher education or whatever they prefer.
As students throughout the world learn more creative ways of motivating adults toward achieving a better future, adults would have a hard time turning them down, and youth initiated mentoring could expand extensively.
Schools can display Community Opportunity Boards (COB), listing in one column, Interests Chosen By Students For Explorations, and in the other column, Organizations And Adults Offering To Share Their Creativity. COB would be geared toward implementing Experiential Education.
Once a month a “Council of Students” can get their entire school for at least 2 hours to organize “In-Trips”, bringing communities to the school. Various interests, chosen by the students, could be presented by adults and even talented students, who offer to share their creativity in rooms throughout the school.
Students (starting at the 4th grade) are offered courses in “Intelligent Debate” and “Open Forums” as essentials to a healthy democracy, and thereby demonstrate a respect for differences without violence. This course could have students evaluating the teach-ing and themselves, including making agreements on improving their relationships.
Students could organize their own “Justice System” of courts for different issues. This can be a wonderful way for them to learn the foundation of true “democracy”; Resolving conflict through a peaceful process.
Students in partnerships with adults can produce films, demonstrating the creativity of young people throughout the world. Such inspirational presentations could help imple-ment Experiential Education.
Experiential Education may not be as difficult to accomplish as it appears. It can be not only very motivating and fun, but effective. Almost no one is left behind, not even educators and the “BOARDS.” Students learn to negotiate funding, services, and energy, as demonstrated by Craig Kielburger in “KIDS CAN FREE THE CHILDREN.”