Updated: Apr 21, 2021
As parents, we all want our children to succeed. It’s in our DNA. But what does success actually look like? How do you go about defining it? Is it about scoring straight As? Getting into a top university? Landing a high-flying career? They’re all commendable achievements, but are they really the be-all-and-end-all in today’s hyper-connected, rapidly changing world?
“Academic success used to have a lot to do with memory,” says Renee Boey, founder of a new progressive school in Hong Kong, Bloom KKCA Academy. “The person that had knowledge and memorised a lot would be considered more academically successful. We’ve moved away from that now. These days, we all have Google at our fingertips and there’s an overwhelming abundance of information available. Now, it’s about how you bring together the different lenses, the different disciplines, and synthesize them in a way that is meaningful.”
Interdisciplinary and bilingual project-based learning
It was this understanding that helped shape Bloom’s innovative, flexible, project-based curriculum. At Bloom, subjects aren’t taught in silos – they’re integrated through STEM, with each topic offering learning opportunities across the academic spectrum. A project on planets, for example, isn’t just a science lesson – it’s an opportunity to learn about maths (distance, measurements, scale etc.) and Chinese language (the names of the planets provide a number of radicals that form the basis of myriad Chinese characters).
The approach is fun, it captures students’ imaginations, and it reinforces concepts without being stale or repetitive. According to Renee, one of the biggest benefits of engaging students in this way is that it helps nurture a lifelong love for learning, something that’s key for ongoing success and personal development.