We cannot solve the problems the same way they have been created....
...yet, we keep trying to do that.
As a human potential coach and mother I keep witnessing how the current education system limits our children's potential...
How do we educate our children in ways that inspire as well as support them to express their full potential?
Our world is continuously changing, yet the education system has barely changed since the industrial revolution.
Imagine you have the newest computer and you are still using the very first operating system. Often you cannot even use a system that is several years old because it is no longer being supported.
Sometimes the computer or laptop will not even allow you to update to the latest system because the developer deems your gadget to be too old.
Yet, when it comes to our education system and preparing our children for their future they are still learning content that is either irrelevant or taught in rather outdated, boring and top down ways.
As a human potential coach and mother of teenagers I am very concerned how public as well as private schools often fail to care about our children's physical, emotional and mental well-being.
I have met amazing teachers and a few school leaders who have a positive and inspiring impact on their students.
However, overall the education system itself is limiting and outdated. It does not need more gadgets in the classroom.
It needs more creativity, collaboration, connection, inspiration, compassion and explorative discovery.
How can we support children to thrive and teach them to trust their gifts and capacities instead of pressurising them with more expectations and push them harder and tell them they are failures?
We are multidimensional beings who learn in many different ways but we have been taught and trained to "starve" so much of our potential. The right side of our brain has more or less been put to sleep.
What would happen to your body if you only used one side of it?
How would you walk around if one side of your body was asleep?
The majority of us thankfully have two feet, two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears and a brain with two halves - left and right. Why is our education system focusing only on the left side of the brain?
Have you noticed that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has changed to STEAM (Harvard etc) years ago, yet many schools and universities are still focusing only on STEM? The "A" stand for "Arts"... the right side of the brain.
So, how do we solve problems creatively (right side of the brain) and mindfully when we have never learnt how to do that?
It does not matter if those problems are affecting us on an individual, collective and global level.
Do we want to continue trying to solve the problems with the same type of mindset that we used to create them?
If we want to create a more harmonious, compassionate, collaborative, creative and abundant world for everyone then we have to start changing the education system.
A new educational system is on its way. Are you going to join it?
I decided to take one small step and create a handbook for parents and students to support them through the sometimes challenging process of choosing a university or a subject to study.
No matter what you plan to do in your life, you can create "Your own Unique pathway" rather than "copy / paste" everybody else's.
If you are a student looking for Your unique University pathway then you can start by reading below comprehensive handbook that will support you on that journey.
If you only need an "executive summary" of the comprehensive handbook then that too is available below.
For furture IB and AP students another handbook can assist you with the decision making process.
"Your Handbook on "How to choose Your unique University pathway" is very good. Concise, easy to read and full of practical advice. At one stage I had a panic... OMG was this the level of research I would have to do to help my daughter if I did not have your book? I really like the check list. It is very useful and hepful!"
Purchase the simple guide or pre-order comprehensive handbooks
You can find all available Handbooks on "How to choose Your unique university pathway" here or by clicking on the "Handbooks" icon in the main menu. The handbooks uniquely combine my experience and expertise as a human potential coach with all the practical requirements for the university application process. It is a source of inspiration and support as well as thoroughly researched and gathered information presented in one place. You will find over 60 questions and a step by step guide to support You in choosing Your unique university pathway. Feel supported on Your journey!
Translated versions will also be available in 2024. Discounts apply to schools and universities. Please contact me for bulk orders.
A downloadable handbook to support you with pathway choices such as IB and AP. It can benefit other students as well, as it offers a comprehensive list of questions for decision making as well as general feedback and tips. The initial handbook received great feedback from students and parents alike: "Excellent executive summary" (parent), "it has truly helped me with the decision making process" (students) amongst others. Release date is in 2024
What drives me to dedicate my time and passion to education?
My love for learning and for children.
Barely anything or maybe nothing has changed since I have gone to school. Yet, the world has substantially changed. We are continuously evolving in so many ways but we have failed to bring the education sector along on that journey.
As a mother it was extremely difficult for me to witness when my children had entered school, that they faced the same kind of environment and challenges that I had encountered as a child.
I learned through my own children as well as spending time with other children that they are naturally curious and have an immense willingness to learn.
Schools seem to have a tendency to crush the development of our children's full potential rather than support them to learn how to express it.
Life skills are not taught in school. Even a subject like psychology will teach them abstract theory but not show them how to reflect on their own challenges and find ways to overcome them in life.
It was only in my late 30ies and 40ies that I discovered my love for learning and my constant curiosity on how the world works or could maybe work better.
I managed to re-connect to that "child in me" that was crushed at an early age while equally accessing an abundance of life long experiences and wisdom.
There was a moment in my life where I felt I had to take that step and start sharing it with other parents, schools, teenagers and children and the world in general.
I could no longer be part of an outdated system that was creating more problems in our society than it was helping to solve them.
It was simply impossible to stand by and watch how yet another generation was being shut down and disconnected from their own potential, joy, creativity and brilliance.
Admittedly I had to do some soul searching as I had spent a lot of time working in coaching and therapeutic settings.
By no means was my own journey easy. On the contrary, it was filled with extreme challenges on many levels and I had to learn a lot along the way.
A big focus in my life were my own children. I wanted to ensure that they felt safe and supported on all possible levels, as many parents do.
Knowing that the outdated systems don't give space to children's needs and wants, I felt that I wanted to make a contribution towards changing that.
I love being around creative and curious energy, filled with questions, exploration and the capacity to be so deeply focused on the experience that track is lost of time and space = children, teenagers and adults who are truly connected to themselves and the world around them.
Please contact me for an explorative meeting if you are a school, teacher, parent, student, organisation etc. interested in new (neuro)path-ways of creative, experiential and impactful learning.
We start excelling when both parts of our brain are connected and work in harmony and we engage our body and our heart.
We learn most through experiences and the neuroplasticity of our brain enables us to continue to learn and change at any age.
My passion is being a life long learner who is always curious about how the world works and I have always had a particular interest in education.
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One day I had this epiphany: The magic happens INSIDE the comfort zone. My book on that topic will be published in 2024.
Most people keep looking outside for success and ignore all the gifts and talents that they already have. They cover them up by trying to copy other people's paths and talents. Yet they would do so much better if they harnessed their own uniqueness.
What is your gift that you can share in our world? Sit down and write 10 gifts that you have! For example...
I am a quiet observer
I have mastered the skill of listening
I love to cook
I am compassionate
I love to sing
I am the best hugger in the world
I am a natural handyman and can fix just about anything
Often we tend to miss the obvious...
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