I recently read an article on 'Why Google doesn't care about hiring top college graduates'. It explains how after years of analysing who succeeds at the company, they have moved away from high GPAs and brand name school and colleges. Google has discovered what most teachers already know. A student who is successful in school is not necessarily successful in life! An education that only educates the brain and not the mind, soul, heart and spirit of a child is a system that fails students. The habits of mind that lead to success are based in developing the Emotional Quotient.

Each period of history is defined by the tools invented in it and the way in which they were used. The still recent transition into a new century is a good time to define how learning, and the learner, has changed. The wonder that is the Internet has expanded access to information, removing the teacher and student's dependency on limited sources of information. Education is no longer bound by the limits of the teacher, textbook, or reference books in the school library. It is limited only by the student's interest and ability to read proficiently.

Never before has the need for 'life mastery' been as prevalent as it is today. Walk into any bookstore and you will find any number of 'self-mastery' and 'self-help' type of books, along with books about spiritual development and fulfilment. Increasingly, I hear of people who have left high-paying corporate jobs to follow a yearning they have had.


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The happiness quotient
When I ask parents what they want for their children, I hear many things that range from a 'good' career to abstract notions of success but I rarely ever hear the word 'happiness'. Happiness is important because only when you are truly happy and satisfied yourself can you start focusing on other factors outside yourself. The definition of happiness then may be defined by external or internal factors. If your children observe kindness and feel happiness first hand, they will reach out to help and build a capacity for gratitude for their privileged existence and only then will the empathy begin to develop.