BIS and Systems Thinking: Our Partners to our Children’s Better Future

Have you ever wondered how your kids face challenges or handle stress in their daily life at home, school or in the community? Yes. We, parents, are not the only ones struggling with problems and difficult scenarios. Even our kids, with the great influence of technology, especially social media, have to process information in their daily life that may or may not be helpful in their learning process and growth. What approach would be best to ensure our children are being honed and trained the right way?
Benedictine International School (BIS) can definitely help you if you’re looking for a great school here in the Philippines that offers enhanced mode of teaching to address this ongoing circumstances. BIS has incorporated a fresh approach to its established curriculum as an advocacy to help the students adapt to the fast-changing age of advanced technology. Benedictine’s administrators attended a seminar about this way of thinking supported by the Society for Organizational Learning – Philippines. Realizing it will significantly improve not just the students’ performance but their overall capacity to make choices in life, BIS sent teachers as the country’s representative to Portland, Oregon to attend Camp Snowball 2014, an annual gathering of global education stakeholders. As a result, this made BIS equipped with valuable training and insights to implement this slant called Systems Thinking.
What is Systems Thinking? What are its advantages? 
According to a lot of sources including Peter Senge - an American systems scientist, a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and the founder of Society for Organizational Learning - there’s a need for a more holistic method to learning where children are trained how to think rather than just merely taught what to think. That is Systems Thinking. 
It is a way of thinking our children need to be immersed in and exposed to in order to be more responsible, emphatic and successful. This was originally introduced and used in worldwide companies in progressive countries, and eventually adapted by reputable institutions to help kids early on because of its tangible and substantial benefits.
 “At BIS, we apply systems thinking to train students to become life-long learners and dreamers who are able to effectively and joyfully apply what they have learned in school in their own realities," said Mr. Eric Cruz, a BIS mentor.
BIS listed down 5 real-life advantages that a student of a Systems Thinking school gets.
1. Work smarter, not necessarily harder -  It allows children to perform more effectively in any given situation because they are trained to look at different change initiatives and identify leverage points. They are able to handle different tasks and deliver results without having to exert unnecessary effort.
2. Solution-oriented, no blaming – It teaches children that structure generates behavior, so they will get used to focusing on the solution rather than the problem itself. It also lets students contribute in helping solve real-life, community-based problems.
3. More confident – It permits children see the bigger picture so they can accept changes and deal with challenges. It helps them see the short-term, long-term and inadvertent consequences of an action and how it can affect different variables that come into play. It guides them in expressing, planning and implementing courses of action.
4. Increased empathy and understanding – It consents students to present their assumptions and, at the same time, to question their own mental models. This will train them to collaborate and focus on shared values by seeing other perspectives and accepting other opinions and beliefs.
5. Care for the Environment – It plants the idea of being a part of a bigger system, the environment, in the hearts and minds of the children. This way, they will always consider the environment and the future in their actions. 
With Systems Thinking, students are not reduced to mere passive receivers of information. They are trained to become critical consumers and producers of information and solutions in the 21st Century. BIS graduates are most likely to succeed because they are the most adapted to the systems that they will face as they grow up and become adults. This would   give   your   child   real   and concrete differential advantage from a more traditional way of doing things. 

Call Benedictine International School at +632.951.7454   or   951.7154  and learn more about how you can help your child be successful in all avenues of life. Benedictine International School is located at Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Quezon City. 

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