“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
The current educational system is a process of old thinking. A time when the factory was considered the anchor of America. Children were herded into classrooms by age with a focus on the basics, sorted based on the perceived capability of complex thought, and sent through two doors to either a “blue” or “white” collar future. Has not our thinking about learning changed? Has not the silicon chip replaced the factory as the anchor of commerce? Has not the world become more connected than ever before? Then why hasn’t our learning paradigm changed?
Trailhead believes that this is the time to change our thinking about education. This is the time to change the paradigm we have locked our little ones into for far too long. This is the time to embrace learning research, advanced technology, the power of learning through games, the individual learner at their individual learning place regardless of age. This is the time to rethink how we help them learn.
Trailhead believes a paradigm shift around education is not only necessary but storming our gates. Therefore our mission is to forge new trails for learning environments, including new tools, new environment models, new educator training, and new partners involved in the educational process.
A recent study generated the following results of children aged 2-5…
- 69 percent use a computer mouse, but only 11 percent can tie their own shoelaces
- More know how to play a computer game (58 percent) than swim (20 percent) or ride a bike (52 percent).
Good or bad, this next generation speaks technology and game as fluently as their primary language. It is a travesty that they are expected to leave this language at the door when they enter their learning environment.
An educator at heart, I’m embarrassed this is the best we’ve been able to offer our future leaders, problem-solvers, and inventors. It is time to use the tools we have to change our thinking and thus change how our world learns.
Trailhead’s learning paradigm, Learning 2.0, re-defines the classroom, the learning experience, the role of the educator, the role of industry in the learning process, and the overall perspective of where and when learning takes place.
Trailhead believes learning needs to be relevant, rigorous, and relational connecting what is being learned with who is learning. Neatly woven into the fabric of the learning experience should be learning about who you are and where you will impact this world. We need global problem- solvers who feel passionate about making this world a better place. Thus, Trailhead is developing the NET generation learning experience with a technologically sound, individualized, 21st century curriculum focused on awakening the voice of each of our children while they learn the content needed to give them a well-rounded toolbox to impact global needs.
The trailhead is a symbol of the beginning of a journey; one where someone has gone before and forged a path to tread upon. It is the start of an adventure into the wild where one faces challenges, finds strength, and discovers self. Trailhead Enterprises is forging a path to the NET generation learning paradigm. We will cut through the dense foliage of tradition, mediocrity, and the unknown to develop and produce a better way to learn and find one’s voice. We are the Trailhead for the future.