05.16.2016

Rigor at iLEAD… What does that mean?

We are often asked, “Is your school rigorous?” The short answer is yes, and we invite you to shift your thinking about the definition of “rigor.” For many parents, a rigorous educational program may mean large quantities of work, tests, hours of studying, and an expectation of memorizing and recalling fact-based information. However, there is a movement of passionate educators, brain researchers, and families who are challenging the idea of traditional “rigor.”

iLEAD learners engage in an educational experience that includes the following: community engagement, collaboration, problem solving, risk taking, and innovation. You will also find academic content and the implementation of foundational skills embedded in the projects; however, we believe that our future leaders absolutely need the skills mentioned above in order to thrive in the 21st century. We base our definition of “rigor” on the skills, qualities, and practices it takes for our children of today to be the CEOs, entrepreneurs, and world leaders of tomorrow.

According to Mike Crowley’s article, “Reconsidering Rigor in Schools,” “Engagement and personal meaning are the new rigor.” He believes that modern learning should be “productive and have purpose.” He argues there should be a connection between what is being done in school and what will need to be done in the real world, in our modern age. A redefinition of “rigor” is happening right now throughout the world.

Enjoy the article here: “Reconsidering Rigor in Schools”

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