Experiential education is all about active learning. If boys are not practically engaged, then they won’t be engaged at all. There is a divide between theory and practice, and experiential education helps move students from only understanding a theory to practically applying this knowledge.
Here are some of the valuable benefits that it provides:
A practical understanding
Boys are makers and shakers. They want to get their hands dirty. They are naturally curious, love pulling things apart and putting things back together. Experiential education can tap into this aspect of who they are. For example, boys can struggle to pay attention in a physics class about force and newtons, but if the class was on a rugby pitch and force was demonstrated through tackling, then they’ll grasp the concept much easier. All theories have a practice to them, and when boys can practically do something, they’ll understand it more thoroughly.
An emotional understanding
This type of education also allows students to build an emotional attachment to their learning. Boys love connecting with things, people, and nature. It helps them to become storytellers. Boys love to share and embellish their stories. As a result, this builds an emotional bond and a camaraderie with one another. When learning is memorable and becomes a point to connect with one another, boys will understand a lot better.
A social understanding
Getting boys to work together and to learn from each other is a skill required for the 21st century. In old-school teaching, where it consisted of a row of 20 chairs and a blackboard, boys were disengaged. They didn’t value learning, nor did they value learning together. Experiential education, on the other hand, is interactive. It allows boys to display their different strengths and find an area where they can contribute.
Preparing for the future
We don’t know what the world will look like in 30-40 years. Boys need to learn to understand the world, to be curious, to play with knowledge, to find gaps in the marketplace, and to work out problems. This cannot be achieved through the old-school method of education. School as we know it is over and we need to redesign our schooling experience so that we can set our boys up to flourish in the future.
To find out more about how we’re getting our boys ready for the future, check out our Prospectus.