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Helping Our Students Find the Right Problems to Solve


How do we help students find the right problems to solve? Our Intensives program is one unique way we are approaching the education of future leaders.

Matt Levinson, Head of School

Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant writes in a recent article, What Straight-A Students Get Wrong, in the New York Times: “Academic grades rarely assess qualities like creativity, leadership and teamwork skills, or social, emotional and political intelligence. Yes, straight-A students master cramming information and regurgitating it on exams. But career success is rarely about finding the right solution to a problem — it’s more about finding the right problem to solve.”

How do we help students find the right problems to solve? Our Intensives program is one unique way we are approaching the education of future leaders. All of the qualities that Adam Grant notes above — “creativity, leadership, teamwork skills, social, emotional and political intelligence” — will all be on display when we return from Winter Break and launch Intensives.

Students will learn in community, in Seattle, around the United States, and across the world. They will encounter novel situations that may not have ready answers. Our students will need to collaborate and rely on the smartest person in the room: the room that is no longer a box classroom in a school building, but is instead the room of the city, the country, and the world. How will our students handle ambiguity? How will they rely on each other? How will they step through challenges?

We are excited to have our students enter new, dynamic learning spaces, be challenged in authentic ways, and open their minds to interdisciplinary thinking and complex problem-solving in community. Our students will craft an interesting narrative over the course of Intensives. We look forward to hearing and sharing their stories.
 



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