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Blog: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Moving Education into The Real World

Too often our classrooms are defined by the four walls that contain our students and we make the assumption that learning occurs there.  Learning may occur in the microcosm of that environment but a connection is missing between the theoretical and practical application of that knowledge in a real world setting. The Rick Hansen School of Science & Business is working to break down these classroom constraints and make the learning intertwined and applicable to the real world. A team of students from our School of Science and Business were recently in China where they spent 7 days studying Entrepreneurship and Biology with a specific focus on the market and environment in China. What better way can you help students see beyond the boundaries of their classroom, community and province then to ask them to consider the global application of their knowledge? How do the fundamental principles of these courses apply despite geography and culture and how do they differ?  We are asking those questions of our students because it’s our responsibility to make them global citizens.

The students have returned from their international experience and we have transitioned all students, from both schools, into internships. We want our students to begin to make informed decisions about the career path that interest them. We also want them to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.  The community has rallied behind this concept and we have 45 unique placements that are immersing our students in the experience of being an engineer, doctor, accountant, physiotherapist, HR specialist and many other engaging careers. This provides students with an opportunity to cement what they have learned and gives them a touchpoint for further learning that will occur in high school and post-secondary.

Our hope is students will solve the world’s problems; to do so they need to understand the context of how those problems exist and the environments in which our best and brightest are working to solve them. The four walls of a classroom can’t teach that.

DAVID DE WIT
Principal, Rick Hansen Secondary School of Science & Business