Praxis Roots

Praxis International Institute (PII) was born out of a desire to help young people make a difference in the world using experiential education, creativity & innovation, and experimentation as a way to connect theory to the real world.

We, (Brent and Monica Kreuger), own Global Infobrokers Inc., the parent company of PII, and believed the success achieved by graduates of our post secondary school, the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship (PSE), could be translated into a secondary school setting, thereby offering an alternative to traditional secondary education.

Since 1990, through PSE, our team has assisted hundreds of people start their own businesses with experiential face-to-face and distance training, coaching, and mentorship. Our graduates have gone on to develop businesses ranging from small home-based initiatives to large, multi-million dollar enterprises in such areas as forestry, manufacturing, technology, service, retail, construction and education while experiencing success rates far above the Western norm.

We raised four children, two of whom found traditional learning environments extremely restrictive, but who not only thrived, but excelled in environments where they were free to experiment, practice, come up with their own ideas and develop them as they saw fit.  After graduating from the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship, both started and now operate their own businesses working in industries they are extremely passionate about.  The other two plan to start their own businesses in the near future as well.

We believe that today, more than ever, we need a variety of choices in education. Each person learns differently and needs access to a customized environment that challenges, pushes and guides them to develop their maximum capacity.

On a personal note, Brent Kreuger, the Founder of PII, was labelled with dyslexia and borderline ADHD as an adult. The traditional system did not support his potential, preferring to label him "slow" and have him repeat grades. Although he struggled to complete high school, he now has a Bachelor of Applied Arts (B.A.A.), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), and a Masters of Distance Education (M.D.D.E) all due in a large part to the techniques that form the basis of the learning environment they now create at both PSE and PII.

Among other things, the research we conducted prior to establishing PII indicated that many of our core values are reflected in some of the largest student success factors. These include:

  1. Strong belief in Adult Education principles.
    • Learning should be relevant and immediately applicable as much as possible
    • Theory needs to be connected to real life applications
    • Teaching creativity, understanding, innovation and problem solving skills is more important than memorizing dates and facts
    • People need to know how to find information they need, discern the important from the false and/or inconsequential, and analyze/apply it
    • All individuals should be respected and treated as responsible learners
    • Teachers are facilitators of learning, not dispensers of knowledge
    • People are active learners, not just recipients of information
  2. Strong belief in original and critical thinking. We were born with the capacity to create, innovate and think - we must encourage development of these natural gifts.
  3. "Learning disabilities" are often misdiagnosed as the result of a lack of time and focus to understand how and then support each learner.  We each learn differently and the learning environment needs to support diversity of learning style.
  4. Learners should be allowed to fail. We always learn more from our mistakes then from our successes and should welcome the time to reflect on how we can improve or change our approach so that we can achieve what we set out to do.
  5. Most people learn best by "doing", not by reading how it is done, therefore assignments should be practical and project based rather than textbook/workbook as much as possible, and generated by the learner as well as the facilitator. This doesn't preclude theory - in fact by actively experimenting and failing and redoing, theory is generated and tested. The word "Praxis" means "where the world of theory and the world of practice meet" and that is how we structure our programs.
  6. Evaluation should be constructive and progressive, not punitive and static. Failure is part of the learning journey and should not be considered as negative. It should also encourage the development of self evaluation skills.
  7. Students should be taught by those who practice what they preach (i.e.  in the professional world, doctors teach doctors; mechanics teach mechanics and entrepreneurs should teach entrepreneurs.)

History has shown us that it's the pioneers, the creators, the innovators, the entrepreneurs, the "advancers of society," that help us see the world in a different way.  These are the people that who take the "road less travelled" and aren't afraid to change our world.

It was this desire to support the development of brilliant, creative, energetic young minds that led us to establish Praxis International Institute.