It is an incredibly exciting time to be involved in the world of education. At no other point in the modern history of teaching and learning, have so many factors come together to provide such a large-scale opportunity to adjust, develop and significantly strengthen what occurs in schools.
There can be no understatement on the impact of the pandemic on personal well-being, as well as the larger socio-economic implications caused from the past three years. Yet within this, and remaining eternally optimistic, we are at a point in time when not only have questions arisen about education, but more importantly, action has been taken.
Over these past years, the manner in which we measure and represent student progress and achievement has shifted. In our specific education world, the International Baccalaureate swiftly adjusted the measure for IB Diploma students, changing the entire examination process. National governments and other certifying bodies equally followed suit. As some normality returns in the world, the question now arises loudly “Do we return to the past or should we push ahead for the future?”
It is this question which is in the minds of leading educational experts. Coupled with this is a topic shared at the AmCham Shanghai HR conference, which explored the importance of developing purpose-driven organizations. Some of the data was quite illuminating. For example, successful businesses created in the 1920s tended to last for 100 years, yet today, the lifespan of businesses is 15 years and shrinking. The external environments surrounding us now are more global, more dynamic and as we have experienced since 2020, more volatile.
Sitting at the conference as the only K-12 educational leader, I couldn’t help but think how fortunate we are to be within an industry which is the most important, and at an organization such as WISS, which has a clear purpose in all that we do.
In our founding was a boldness in decision-making and an eagerness to be at the forefront of excellence in international education. As a school known locally, nationally and internationally for the strength of the engaged school community, we are in a position to be a significant leader in the next phase of development for education as a whole, delivered on our special campus.
It is indeed a very exciting time to be at WISS and to be serving within education. Our children deserve the very best from their parents, their teachers and coaches, as well as all of those people who have the opportunity to influence the level of opportunities provided to them.
By Mr. David Edwards, Head of School.
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