The world is evolving at a supersonic speed. Unfortunately, the education system is not evolving as fast as the world. We have seen careers become obsolete, and it's bound to continue happening in the future. What will happen to our children ten years from now? What will they do after school?
In this episode, we have Leah Coss joining us on the show. Leah and I will be talking about entrepreneurship for kids. Leah's life mission is to help better prepare kids for what's happening in the world to create better momentum in the world, not just progress in technology.
Leah is part of two organizations; Biz Kids, a non-profit in British Columbia, and Innovators Academy born courtesy of COVID. Leah will be telling us what they are doing to prepare kids for the evolving world. Also, she will describe her ideal school.
Are you ready for a thought-provoking episode? Listen in.
How the Innovators Academy Came About
Covid-19 came and changed how we do things. For Leah, Covid facilitated the birth of Innovators Academy, a big sister to Biz Kids. The BBK Network's Innovators Academy equips students with foundational skills like resilience, confidence, perspective, adaptability, leadership, communication, financial literacy, critical thinking, and decision making. These skills are practical and relevant but foundational to all future learning that this fast-paced world will demand of our kids as they get older.
Embracing Growth Mentality
A growth mindset comes from the people around you. For the kids, a growth mindset comes from the people they interact with, from parents to teachers to grocery store people. At BBK Innovators Academy, facilitators are encouraged to praise children for helping them build a growth mentality. The most frustrating thing with how the current education system works, is they need to measure a child in some way. It's comfortable with math or science, either they got it right, or they got it wrong, and there is no gray area. We need to create better humans, not better machines and the problem with those, you can't measure them.
Leah's Ideal School
What if the school was the school bus? Kids get picked up on a school bus or every day? The bus drives around? Every day, they're going to a park. They're working in a park or visiting a business and taking a tour of a company or a factory. They're going to a science lab, the museum, the Rec Center, or they are just in the world, instead of just going to the same box every day. Wouldn't that make the children better people?
[00:33] Getting to know Leah and what she does
[10:54] How the Innovators Academy came about
[13:15] Embracing growth mentality
[19:28] Leah's ideal school
[21:06] How to join Leah's program
[25:17] Leah's inner superpower
- "The best moment to work on anything that you're working on is now."
- "Household Wi-Fi is a human right at this stage because I don't think that there's any program the government could put in place to help a family who is in a vulnerable community in a lower income bracket to ever catch up with everyone else."
- "Life needs to be fun. It needs to be something that you're playing with and enjoying."
- "Perspective is what can help create fulfillment, peace of mind and a feeling of the good kind of control."
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