Learning Through Experience at St. George's
At St. George's, we seek to be grounded in innovative and experiential learning. But what exactly does that mean and why is it important? Watch our video for a glimpse into experiential learning at SGIS:
There is a growing awareness in independent and public schools that the skills that have been taught in the past - and in some cases are still being taught - are not the skills needed for students to be successful in the 21st century global economy. Consider that 93% of employers are looking for a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems, and that these skills are considered more important than a candidate's undergraduate degree.* In fact, "The Rise of Experiential Education" was the recent theme for Independent School Magazine, published by the National Association of Independent Schools (see the magazine or see the lead article).
In today's world, skills of creativity, real-world problem solving, collaboration, and communication (so-called 21st century skills) hold critical importance because they help students sift through the information that is so readily available. These 21st century skills are not new, but they are being rewarded in the workplace in new ways. Schools, therefore, that offer experiential, hands-on lessons tend to offer learning that is deeper and richer, better preparing their graduates for their future careers.
*Association of American Colleges and Universities, "Employers More Interested in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Than College Major," April 10, 2013.