The Human Factor
One of the key responsibilities for primary early education is developing the student as a whole. Many early childhood institutions focus on brain development because during the early years most brain connections are formed; which means stimulating those connections is essential.
The problem with this approach is that it does not include the “human factor”. In a world that is becoming more connected through technology and easier to build relationships internationally, learning social skills is crucial to succeeding.
Dutch writer Stephan de Vries for NRC.nl talks about including this the human factor in education.
“The development of character, a critical spirit, self-reliance and perspective. This should be complemented and combined with 21st century skills, including collaboration, problem solving power, [sic] ICT literacy, creativity and social skills.”
The article is framed around a fictional student of the future that lives in a technology based world. This digital world demands strong social skills in order for students to thrive and become successful.
For over a decade, FasTracKids has integrated the components of technology, brain development and teaching 21st century skills. The need of a balanced approach in order to create well rounded adults in the digital age is the focus of every FasTracKids classroom. Developing the “human factor” is a way for the student to find their success as individuals.