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Key factors on the journey from IQ to EQ

India has come full circle in learning from the Gurukul parampara up to the generation of AI. The Gurukul Shikshan Pranali taught us to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. The moment we abandoned this educational system, this sword lingered on our educational system making us the puppet of the foreign educational system that got us caught into the followers mode and we paid the cost of it, by losing our core system of E.Q.

“The emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and regulating emotions.” — John Mayer and Peter Salovey

In the era of rapid technological advancements, the world is witnessing a seismic shift from the traditional emphasis from Intelligence Quotient (IQ) to recognizing the paramount importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that is intra-personal (self awareness, self belief, positive attitude, assertiveness and resilience) and interpersonal shifts (Communication, Empathy, Leadership, Negotiation, Cognitive Thinking).

Culture, Psychological Safety, Kindness and Empathy at work is a paradigm shift we need to garner. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes an omnipresent force, the need for harnessing emotional intelligence has never been more critical than ever before. At this juncture the education system witnesses this paradigm shift. We at Scotle are heading towards revolutionizing this educational system bit by bit, by providing the students with the skill set required to combat the new age problem, looming in for us in the near future. Where-in technological advancements have brought ease within the human generation. It’s where Humans are hooked and machines are learning.

Towards EQ (The Unfolding Narrative)

Historically society has always questioned and glorified the EQ until the advent of AI. The focus now shifts towards skills and Critical learning that all of a sudden the whole world is talking about, which AI lacks – the emotional and interpersonal capacities encapsulated by EQ.

“It’s not the most powerful animal that survives. It’s the most efficient.

– Georges St-Pierre.

The rise of A.I has initiated a recalibration in the skill sets that are deemed essential for the future of the human race.

AI, while being immensely powerful, lacks the ability to comprehend and navigate the complexities of human emotions. That’s where the dire need to sharpen the E.Q skill arises from.

This is where EQ would play a pivotal role in safeguarding humanity. As we stand on the brink of an AI- dominated future, where the I.Q is being fed by humans, and the EQ needs to be sharpened for our future. Individuals with high emotional intelligence will become the indispensable source of the new world order. The unique human abilities of empathy, creativity, and interpersonal understanding are not only irreplaceable but also essential for ethical decision-making and the preservation of our collective humanity. This work needs immediate attention and, rather, it’s the need of the hour.

Implementing EQ is a Global Perspective:

Several countries are pioneering the integration of EQ into their educational systems, recognizing its instrumental role in preparing students for the challenges of their future life.

As education being one and only remedy to compact with A.I.

Finland being one of the countries where the most important focus of the education policy is emphasized on quality, efficiency, equity and internationalization. It is founded on the principles of ‘Lifelong Learning’ and ‘Free Education’. Renowned for its progressive education system, Finland has embedded social and emotional learning (SEL) into its curriculum. Students are taught skills like Self-awareness, Self-regulation, and Interpersonal communication from an early age.Teaching methods in Finland specifically assist students in cultivating skills in critical thinking, enthusiasm for education, and a strong sense of community this is what Scotle High imbibes in its curriculum as well.

“Rome was not built in a Day”

-John Heywood’s

It’s a continuous process for a never ending loop of learning and redoing what is redundant. Singapore, being another place, which has a strong emphasis on character and citizenship education, focusing on values, socio-emotional skills, and ethics. This approach is aligned with the understanding that academic excellence alone is insufficient for holistic development.The Singaporians understand and accept that each student learns differently and has specific unique strengths; they also believe that each child can achieve their educational goals at their own pace. This offers all students an equal opportunity in the real world. Other countries who have realized the importance of SEL, are The UK and Canada: Raising alertness levels and reducing absenteeism by allowing teenagers to sleep in class. While a school in London became the first to allow teenagers to have a later start. China places an emphasis on practicing math and on learning the concepts and logic behind problems, meaning that children are equipped with the necessary knowledge to approach unfamiliar problems more successfully. Needless to mention that community service is widely accepted as a part of schooling culture and western law abiding authorities as well.

These countries are implementing nothing else but sowing EQ for the future society. Countries have preserved and enriched their social and cultural heritage and educational system, also this comes from a great sense of pride and patriotism. Which needs to be instilled in the young generation.

Outlook, of Indian society is majorly distinguished and is not integrated, where a larger sector of the society truly believes that IQ is the only way a student can get a huge pay package and a golden ticket for the future. Failing to comprehend that the more balanced Socio-Emotional skills the student possess the more suitable and sustainable the future job market will be as we saw the evolution of computers in the 90’s, then came the cell phone era, followed by the internet and later every household had internet connection taking away the EQ from the students. Easy availability of the mobile phones diminished the idea of reading, largely affecting various levels within the society where reading was no longer considered a skill and the physical books and book stalls almost are at the verge of extinction. Curriculum has been given the utmost priority. The child lacks basic LSRW skill which has reached to paramount condition, making students a puppet of rapid development.

The youth today had enslaved itself to the machines, where in its a very ironic circle of data being fed and then the same data is furnished under the pretext of information being given by the machine. So, eventually no learning happens in this process. The entire act is just a hustle. We as a nation need to work individually, socially, educationally and politically towards restoring age old traditional forms of Kinesthetic learning forms where the student is taught the ways of living and learning, however each individual yet learns and conserves their individuality and is able to strengthen it rather than learning liberalized ways of so called Modern Education system where each one of the student possess a set of capabilities in which it will naturally excel.The compulsory learning system diminishes curiosity and natural learning skill of a student.

A child is a wet clay, soft and skilled handling will carve out the finest masterpiece out of it.

Implementing EQ Locally in our Schools:

As educators and administrators, the responsibility to prepare students for a future dominated by AI rests upon your shoulders. Here are practical steps that your school can take:

1. Integrating SEL into the Curriculum:

Infusing SEL into various subjects, making it an integral part of the learning experience. Dedicated classes or workshops focusing on emotional intelligence.

2. Teacher Training Programs:

Training programs for teachers to equip them with the knowledge and tools to nurture EQ in students. Creating a supportive environment that encourages teachers to model and impart emotional intelligence.

3. Peer Support Initiatives:

Incorporating a culture of peer support, where students are encouraged to understand and empathize with each other’s emotions. Creating a mentorship program to facilitate emotional growth.

4. Extracurricular Activities:

Integration of extracurricular activities that promote teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Encourage participation in community service to develop empathy and a sense of social responsibility in various forms..

6. Parental Involvement:

Organize workshops for parents to enlighten them about the significance of EQ. Encourage open communication between parents, teachers, and students to create a holistic support system.

We need to reimagine education as an inclusive, lifelong experience that places the responsibility for skill-building on the learner, with teachers and mentors acting as facilitators and enablers. To create the environment required to foster Education 4.0, existing educational systems must be upgraded and invested in. Problem-solving, collaboration and adaptability are the three critical skills that Education 4.0 must impart to students.

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Jodo Gyan

Mathematics is commonly perceived as a complex and abstract subject. However, there's a growing consensus that this perception is largely due to the traditional emphasis on rote learning of procedures and rules. By adopting a different approach, we can make the learning process more meaningful and engaging for children.

Jodogyan is an approach where the learning activities begin from the world of children – from stories, games, and contexts connected to their lives and each activity has a motivating purpose for children.

The ultimate goal is to create a learning-through-practice experience for children, fostering a crystal-clear grasp of these concepts while enhancing their cognitive abilities. Central to this approach are group activities that facilitate constructive discussions, collaborative learning, and exposure to diverse problem-solving strategies, all contributing to a comprehensive and lucid understanding of mathematics.

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Google Ecosystem

We're all about using Google tools to enhance the way we teach and learn. Our dedicated teachers receive special training to become experts at using Google tools. It's like giving them superpowers to make education more fun and interesting. We've got these amazing mobile labs with Google Chromebooks that make learning hands-on and interactive. Students and teachers can explore, create, and learn together with ease. It's our way of making education accessible and enjoyable for everyone, thanks to the incredible world of Google tools.

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Scotle has collaborated with Mindsprings to rethink and change the English language teaching process to suit Indian children’s needs and aspirations.

Mindsprings is a thought leader in English language education. They publish textbooks to help students learn to speak and write the English language. They also provide training sessions to the teachers to enhance their skills.

We are unique in that we aggressively follow a set of logical thinking premises in formulating strategies based on the nature of the child and his/her natural learning processes. Our curriculum follows VFC (Volume, Frequency, and Context )pedagogy to layer the concept year after year (Grades I to VIII).

We have customized syllabus based on a dynamic process of observation and need. The learning of the child is paramount and our differentiation methods are bold, original, and protean. Success is measurable in the competencies, behaviors, and attitudes of children to learn the language.

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The Olympiad examination encourages students to develop a routine of consistent practice and revision, allowing them to stay closely connected with their academic curriculum. This not only enriches their regular studies but also elevates their comprehension to a higher level. Engaging in these practices aids in the enhancement of cognitive skills such as logical reasoning, analytical thinking, and comprehensive understanding. While preparing for school-level Olympiad exams, students not only learn effective time management but also gain a greater appreciation for their own skill set. Students invest their efforts in a subject of personal interest, resulting in a significant boost to their self-esteem and an increase in their confidence. Through rigorous testing and assessments, they refine their understanding and establish a strong foundation in their chosen topic of interest.

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IC3 (International Career and College Counseling)

We encourage our educators to upskill their knowledge through IC3 (International Career and College Counseling). Our educators are engaging in programs offered by IC3 to elevate their expertise in career and college counseling. We are dedicated to helping students find the right career path through education that will lead to fulfilled, happy, and productive lives. We aim to offer guidance to young minds, assisting them in making informed choices and decisions in their journey of life.

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Venturing into the world of adventure sports and endless fun, with RockSport Adventures. A renowned adventure and campaign group, redefining education for Scotle High School students. RockSport Adventures, committed to fostering teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence through outdoor activities, complements our holistic approach perfectly.

Through this partnership, students gain access to an array of adventure-based programs, aligning with our academic curriculum. From rock climbing to outdoor IC3

leadership workshops, the experiences are both enriching and fun.

For a glimpse into this exciting journey, visit RockSport Adventures. Together, we're shaping a generation of dynamic, confident, and empowered individuals, taking education to new heights.

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India Spell Bee

We believe in providing the students with exposure and a larger platform to hone their skills. So, we host a Spell Bee Contest for students in Grades I to IX, in collaboration with India Spelling Bee. It is a renowned platform for students. Participating in the Spell Bee Contest offers a multitude of advantages that go beyond simply correct spelling. It nurtures language skills, enriches vocabulary, and supports cognitive growth in our students. Moreover, it bolsters their capacity to critically examine word structures, origins, and meanings, ultimately enhancing their overall language comprehension. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event right here on our school website.

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STEM School Highlands Ranch Denver

STEM is an umbrella term used to group together the distinct but related technical disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. High-quality STEM education is a global prerequisite for individual development and participation in a technology-driven world. It enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to innovate openly and responsibly shaping the future.

To bring about a successful transformation in education, teachers play a crucial role. Our project, "Design Thinking in STEM," is a problem-solving approach that emphasizes empathy, collaboration, creativity, and iterative prototyping. It focuses on two specific target groups at the outcome level: teachers, acting as "agents of change," create an environment that encourages creativity and cultivates an innovative mindset among young learners.

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Sunday Bricks

At Scotle we have been actively organizing Six Brick Sessions in collaboration with Sunday Bricks, a unique and engaging program designed to develop a range of crucial skills in our students. These sessions focus on teamwork and creativity using six DUPLO bricks, which have proven to be a powerful learning tool.

These sessions not only involve building intricate LEGO structures but also serve as a platform for enhancing crucial skills. From developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills to fostering communication, teamwork, and concentration, these activities go beyond the classroom. Students also refine their listening skills and learn the art of successful collaboration through team tasks. We eagerly anticipate further growth and development as they continue to participate in these sessions.

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