No matter the path students choose after graduation, we believe that they should be active members of their societies, both locally and globally. Our curriculum is designed to inspire students to be interested and invested in the world around them, but more importantly, it is designed to teach them to be engaged and proactive problem-solvers within that world. Our hope is that by introducing students to the tangible problems effecting their communities, and coupling those problems with forward-looking projects, we can empower students to realize that they have the tools and the potential to make a material difference.
The Paideia Project is founded upon a dissatisfaction with the one-size-fits-all learning approach to which most schools adhere, and a belief in the necessity of flexible curriculum that adapts to the needs of students. We believe that when students are given the freedom to take the lead in their learning, they are more engaged, more invested, and more fulfilled. Our proposal ensures that they master what high-school students across the world are expected to, but in a way that fosters an investigative drive.
Much of current high-school education prioritizes college preparation at the expense of students for whom higher education is not a possibility. This emphasis is at odds with the reality of college tuition, the rising rates of graduate unemployment, and the over-qualification of many college graduates for their first employment. Our curriculum design recognizes this inconsistency and offers opportunity for both college readiness and vocational training, acknowledging the varied ways in which students find value and passion in their education.
Ultimately, The Paideia Project envisions students as creative individuals with agency in their own learning. In light of this, we see the project not as a perfected formula to be followed with precision, nor a prescriptive solution to every problem in education. Rather, we offer our designs as a wedge into a broader conversation about making education work for all students. In the coming decades, the next generation will face many issues. Students learning in schools today will mature into a world riddled with global problems. It is our strong belief that we must equip and empower our students to face these challenges head on.