This is Dale Taylor – Head of College at our beloved school on the hill! I joined MUWCI in August 2021, and have been on the roller coaster for almost a year now. In this space, I hope to share my thoughts and ideas with all of you readers.
There are volumes that could be written about my first 10 months at MUWCI, but if I were to encapsulate the experience in one word, it would have to be growth. For me, a simple definition of human growth is either intellectual, social, physical, or spiritual movement in a positive direction. I have definitely adopted a more open approach to student input and educational program delivery while at MUWCI. The commitment, diligence, and idealism our students have shown towards their academic program, Trivenis, and involvement in residential life, have been inspiring.
Despite COVID, our students were always committed to making the most of their time at MUWCI. Therefore, we witnessed their growth during the course of the nine months they have been with us this academic year. Moreover, I am pleased that MUWCI could facilitate this growth. As we know, growth is not easy. In order to grow, we often have to overcome psychological or physical obstacles to move onto higher ground. Moreover, the challenges of COVID restrictions compounded the difficulty. However, due to the drop in COVID cases in Maharashtra in late March, we were able to open up the campus a little more and allow unsupervised off-campus trips for students. We are still incredibly careful and have not compromised our covid prevention procedures, but we recognize the need to allow students more freedoms to increase their happiness as well as wellbeing.
Another reason why growth is difficult is that it presumes some sort of change and change, though inevitable, is a process many of us find hard. However, innovation and change are what will propel society forward and allow us to address issues such as climate change, conflict, inequality, and access. During the pandemic, educators spoke about we have been operating schools according to 18th-century models of education and that it is now an opportune time to re-envision education to meet the needs of the current school-age population. In essence, COVID has provided a space to improve our curriculum as well as teaching and learning to allow us to focus on what is relevant, timely, and useful to 21st Century learners. I think a lot more conversations need to be had amongst educators and students and amongst educators, parents, and industry leaders to start and continue conversations about designing and creating robust and meaningful education programs. Students who are part of MUWCI Media and I were fortunate enough to speak with industry leader, Anand Mahindra to exchange views about excellence in education and the future of education. You may listen to the discussion below.
Also, one of my beliefs is that modeling is a powerful form of teaching. How are you best modeling growth and lifelong learning to the younger generations?