Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Leadership Education For Children

Leadership education instructs children how to think and prepares them to be leaders in all areas of life: at home, in the community, in business, and in government.
I'm guessing this is the type of education you would like for your child. I want my children to be able to think outside the box.
Throughout history, the greatest thinkers and leaders have been taught using a mentors and tutors in their homes.

As their education progresses, they would move on to prep schools and study the classics continuing a mentor approach.
Ultimately, it is the mentor system that develops leaders. Sadly, the leaders that we usually think of in America are trained to be professionals and specialists, not true leaders.

The majority of our nation is made up of followers who don't seem to have any problems with the current system. If the next generation is going to overcome this problem, we must teach them how to be the leaders that will make a difference in our world.
Leadership education consists of very important key elements: time, mentors, and classics.
Time. Students need time to learn. It is important to have some kind of structure for your child to learn, such as 5 days a week for 5 hours a day for older students.

This will allow enough time for your child to read and study. Younger students will not need so much time.
Mentors and Classics. We won't separate these two factors of leadership education because learning how to think well is attained through discussion of the classics.
It is essential for the mentor to read the classic that the student is reading. Both student and teacher should keep a reading journal by writing about key ideas.
You can start the day off with a math lesson for the first hour, and writing or discussion with a mentor during the last hour. The time in between can be used for free reading, studying, and experimenting.
For centuries, this type of learning has been the means for acquiring knowledge and skills needed for leaders.