Educational Philosophy

Philosophy Makes a Difference

Definition of Praxis

The education system as a whole
has become self-fulfilling and self-gratifying.
Education sets the exams that fit what it has been
teaching and then prides itself that
it has taught the right things for the exams
(De Bono 1972).

What Makes Praxis International Institute different? To start, we "think" differently. We recognize that not all students learn in the same way. Just as we have different senses for taking in information about the outside world, learners have different ways of taking in information. There are many different learning styles and we need to be supportive of all of them. (See "Frames of Mind" written by psychologist Howard Gardner, (1983), where he brings forward the idea of "Multiple Intelligences".)

At Praxis, classes are learner centred and at times learner directed. While we work with learners as a group, we ensure that they are comfortable with the material by supporting their learning style.

Learners are encouraged to experiment and fail; we don't penalize them for making mistakes. People usually learn more from mistakes than successes. If we take away the fear of failure and encourage its use as a learning tool, learners will naturally reach for greater and greater achievements instead of only attempting what they already know they can succeed at.

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