Today, it is essential to educate students for the challenges of the future. We are facing a society that is increasingly changing and advancing at a dizzying pace. Technological, social and economic changes force people to adapt continuously. For this reason, education plays a fundamental role in successfully facing all these challenges and changes.
We are facing a world where borders are disappearing, where multiculturalism is a key term in society and where we are subjected to a high volume of information. So it is more important than ever to develop critical thinking and global competence.
Therefore, the educational project of Casvi International American School promotes lifelong learning through the development, in all educational stages, of skills that allow “learning to be, learning to know, learning to do and learning to live together”, as proposed by UNESCO.
Receiving an international education is becoming increasingly important. The globalization that we are experiencing has resulted in having to educate ourselves, work, relate and share moments with people from other cultures, beliefs, customs or languages. Therefore, it is essential to develop global competence.
It is also essential to learn new languages, which also favors the knowledge of new cultures. For this reason, at Casvi International American School, English is the language of instruction in all educational stages. In addition, our students not only live a total linguistic immersion, but also a cultural immersion.
At Casvi International American School we promote interculturalism in the classroom. In this way, students gain the practical knowledge and understanding necessary to take advantage of the opportunities that diversity presents. One of our main objectives is to foster intercultural understanding and respect. This is a fundamental aspect of life in the 21st century.
“Education is our passport to the future”.
The challenges posed by society are increasing, which is why it is essential for students to develop the educational skills of the 21st century. Currently, teaching must be based on transdisciplinary methodologies whose purpose is that inquiry, teamwork or effective communication are essential elements in the formation of people.
The specialist Paul Tough points out in his book “How Children Succeed” the need to start working on these soft skills as soon as possible. This author hypothesizes that these types of skills are more important for success than intellectual capacity alone.
Today, children are also subjected to an enormous amount of information. For this reason, learning to think critically will be one of the most important 21st-century skills for them. In this age of computerization, digitization and ever-faster technological advances, children will have to adapt faster and faster to an ever-changing world in which information is abundant and available to all.
Some of the keys to help children develop this critical thinking are:
-Ask them open-ended questions.
-Give them time to think.
-Help them look for different solutions.
-Offer them autonomy in decisions.
As Cameron Herold states in his TED Talk “Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs”, children are innately creative and eager to undertake projects. For this reason, teaching children to be entrepreneurs from an early age will foster a series of values and behaviors such as self-confidence, loss of fear of failure, perseverance, creativity, leadership and willpower. All these values will be of great help to them to face the challenges they will have to face in the future.
Another focus of today’s education is to form caring and committed young people whose aim is to make the world a better place. The International Baccalaureate emphasizes this aspect, where one of its ten attributes is “caring”.
In addition, the Diploma Program works on solidarity through CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) which helps students develop their own identity in accordance with the ethical principles expressed in the IB community’s mission statement and profile.