What is the fundamental goal of education in a child’s growth?
To prep them up for life! After all, every other parent wants to ascertain that they are priming their children for everything life has to throw at them and to make sure they are capacitated to be successful in all facets of life, professional and personal. With the changing times, technology so widespread and constantly evolving society, is the traditional amount & quality of education enough to train our kids for what the future has to offer them; if you think about it perceptively you might find that it is definitely not enough.
If that is the case, then what should you consider for holistic growth of your child beyond classroom training? Building multiple verticals of intelligence is the key here as multiple aspects of intelligence need to work together cohesively in general. IQ, EQ and CQ play a very vital role in this process predominantly.
You would be fairly aware of IQ- INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT; it is an assessment of a person’s reasoning ability by measuring short- and long-term memory of brain. It tells you how cognitively advanced one is, how they use information and logic efficiently. The capacity to learn new concepts and their application is totally governed by your IQ. Thus, IQ is behind logical problem solving, understanding of subject matter, reasoning, verbal comprehension, processing speed, etc. IQ signifies mental potential and academic ability; all these elements make it a good indicator of educational performance in the traditional sense. Nonetheless parents and educational institutions pay a lot of attention onto developing IQs of the children.
But IQ does not reflect the overall intelligence of an individual. In the book, INTELLIGENCE: ALL THAT MATTERS, author Stuart J. Ritchie advocates that IQ doesn’t necessarily set the limit for what we can do but it does give us a starting point. So IQ cannot be a criterion for well-rounded development on its own definitely.
Humans are social animals and thus being able to build connections with other people seems like one of the most apt skills to possess. It is critical for children to be developed into a socially thriving individual in future to make sure they are successful. EQ i.e. EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT infers to the ability to maintain social relationships, to be able to work in teams, to adapt to different environments, resolve conflicts and arguments, effective communication capabilities, feel empathy. It is how you handle your emotions and feelings. Better your EQ is, smarter you are with them. EQ can be considered stepping stone to success in professional as well as personal life.
Lack of awareness towards mental health, is one of the biggest concerns around, which is a direct consequence of neglecting one’s emotional quotient. Guiding children from an early age as to how to manage their emotions will in return have a positive impact on their overall persona and aid in rational decision making. A study on emotional intelligence by the Yale Center demonstrated that children with higher emotional intelligence tend to have better grades and make healthier choices overall. It is not hard to see why building EQ in growing years of children is significant and can be positively life changing.
Like EQ, CQ which is CREATIVE QUOTIENT weighs up an individual’s creativity not just artistically but also as a capacity of innovative approach towards any and everything. It is not limited to people in artistic professions like Writers, Musicians, Sculptors and Designers etc. It can be linked to the “out of box thinking” ability of an individual. CQ is based on foundation of metrics- abstraction, connection, perspective, curiosity, boldness, paradox, complexity, and persistence. It is ability of coming up with new innovative combinations of existing concepts. Hence CQ works wonders in understanding and accessing how much knowledge your child has gained and how much can they apply it.
A typical individual is probably using only a fraction of their creative power. Hence the aim is to increase your child’s ability to reap and use their creativity. Everyone can come up with new ideas if you practice to think differently and not limit possibilities. Especially in the golden age of technology, creativity can be the backbone of success for future professionals. According to IBM’s global CEO study of more than 1500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, the most important quality for leadership is creativity. As per the survey, more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. CQ can be summarized as a valuable trait for anyone to possess. The good news is that creativity is not something you are born with and stagnant but rather something that you can develop through continuous effort and practice. IQ, EQ and CQ are all measures of specific capabilities. One might seem more important than other for your child’s growth and development. But Science has proven that we all use both sides of the brain to complement each other and left versus right brain theory is a myth. General education to a certain extent is transfer of knowledge; and focuses mainly on building IQ. Our stereotyped pedagogy is not customized enough to make sure your child gets the exact polishing needed. It is developed to suit basic levels of large mass of population. Hence it cannot give enough for personal refinement or train individual competencies of the children. Focusing just on building IQ of your child is not enough anymore and seems less when you think about what all skills your children will require in future.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2018, the skills employees will need to thrive will include creativity, trustworthiness, emotional intelligence, and leadership.
Children in their growing age are much like clay and can learn-unlearn things easier than a grown individual. Neurologists use the term ‘Brain Plasticity’ to describe the brain’s ability to change and rewire itself. As we grow older this plasticity decreases and stabilizes what an individual has already learned in their growing phase. Hence this is an absolutely critical timeframe in your child’s growth and development phase where you can actually make positive reinforcement of skills and traits that will be helpful for them in their adulthood. Life challenges on multiple dimensions so the real prep lies in developing the child’s ability to enhance all these quotients which they can use as and when needed in a custom mix based on the requirement of the situation.
Success results from many factors, thus it is absolutely crucial to focus on various streams of intelligence and not undermine other to make sure your child is prepared to make ice cream out of lemons that life throws at them!