A lack of curiosity is killing our kids’ ability to learn and threatening the future of our society. As an entrepreneur you don’t follow the traditional path, you cut your own. Knowing that the standard 9–5 career just doesn’t suit everyone, does it make sense to educate our children with a one-size-fits-all mentality?
For Laura Sandefer and her husband, it didn’t. So they built their own education system, pulling from Socratic methodology, one-room schoolhouse style, and Montessori keystones while injecting the latest state-of-the-art online learning systems, and their children thrived. They found a solution that not only met their needs but also made other families want to get in on the action.
They discovered that the sense of adventure, ownership, and curiosity fueled by their hero’s journey learning model translated beautifully into family life as well. Here are a few things you can do today to spark curiosity and encourage adventurous learning in your home.
Follow the Curiosity
“I’m so in love with entrepreneurs because these are the people who will save the world because they keep the lights of curiosity alive. And if we become an uncurious society, we’re done.”
Your kids are natural learners. They have thousands of questions — indulge them! Take an interest in what is interesting to your child. Acton tracks effort and gives points for every hour a child is in flow. When they hit deep concentration and time is passing by but they’re unaware, that’s the sweet spot. You’re familiar with flow in your entrepreneurial journey. Actively encourage and reward flow in your children’s curiosity.
Build a Contract and Begin the Hero’s Journey
Acton schools start each year by building a communal contract for the school. The students are the decision-makers as to what that contract entails.
Explain the hero’s journey to your children. In this context, heroes are brave. Heroes don’t quit. Heroes are not the victim — a victim finds excuses, blame others, and quit when things get hard. A hero solves problems and takes responsibility when things go wrong.
Once they know what a hero is and recognize themselves as one, sit down and set out a contract for what kind of hero they want to be, and how they will accomplish that in their day-to-day learning.