Training on “Education in the 21st C and the role of parents”

By: Bereket Aweke

Think Africa delivered half day training on “Education in the 21st C and the role of parents” to parents of Ardi Youth Academy on November 6, 2016. The training focused on two major areas where parents should give due attention. The first is showing how education has enveloped in the 21st C and how our needs and priorities of today’s children has changed. This part draws the bigger picture through comparing and contrasting different aspects of life in the 20th C with 21st C . The second part focused on crucial roles parents should play so that their children become ready for the ever changing life of the 21st C. In this regard, from the many roles parents are expected to play, we choose to focus on developing Good Habits from early stages. As we know, habits are easily started but never easy to get rid-off. On the other hand, children learn many things from their parents by observing what they do and say. If you have good habits they will lead you to success and vice versa.  This is why, parents should concisely help develop good habits so that their kids emulate and learn them. This has mutual benefits for the children as well as parents because both of them are learning .But, what are these habits that will lead you and your children to success?

Here is a book by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick that will give you a good frame work of what types of habits you should develop and help your children to grow. Because of its detailed information and guide line, we have used this book as on of the tools to train Ardi Youth Academy parents.

Here is excerpt from the book;

9781416607410“This chapter contains descriptions for 16 of the attributes that human beings display when they behave intelligently. In this book, we refer to them as Habits of Mind. They are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they are confronted with problems, the resolutions to which are not immediately apparent.

These Habits of Mind seldom are performed in isolation; rather, clusters of behaviors are drawn forth and used in various situations. For example, when listening intently, we use the habits of thinking flexibly, thinking about our thinking (metacognition), thinking and communicating with clarity and precision, and perhaps even questioning and posing problems.

Do not conclude, based on this list, that humans display intelligent behavior in only 16 ways. The list of the Habits of Mind is not complete. We want this list to initiate a collection of additional attributes. In fact, 12 attributes of “Intelligent Behavior” were first described in 1991 (Costa, 1991). Since then, through collaboration and interaction with many others, the list has been expanded. You, your colleagues, and your students will want to continue the search for additional Habits of Mind to add to this list of 16.”