Several veteran educators, parents and I have been working for years to develop "Educating for Human Greatness," a different education concept, that we believe is better than "Common Core." It is based on the idea that every person is born to be unique and different from all others for a good reason. Every person has unlimited potential and reason for existing to be a special contributor to society. We are not meant to be common in knowledge and skills.
"Educating for Human Greatness" focuses on individual human development. "Curriculum" is used, not as a goal or end, but as a "means" of helping students grow in human powers. Seven key powers have been identified so far:
1. Identity: The power of self-worth, unique talents and gifts.
2. Inquiry: The Power of curiosity and great questions.
3. Interaction: The Power of respectful communication.
4. Initiative: The power of will and self-discipline.
5. Imagination: The power of creativity.
6. Intuition: The power of sensing truth with the heart.
7. Integrity: The power of honesty.
How is education different if we change from curriculum as a goal to curriculum as a tool or means of developing human powers? Here are two examples to compare with Common Core: