“Once upon a time, there was a magic island surrounding by clear blue waters, where animals could talk to each other, and all was in balance.”

Spoke with Christophe today . . . a return to Waveplace Island.

More to come.

Transform everything by teaching our children to be creative problem solvers, not through a broken education system that teaches compliance and deficiency, but through a new spirit of guided discovery with mentors devoted to kindling the spark within each child, so they may feel their own promise.

This is truly the lever that will change everything, given a chance. When children learn to question, when they’re taught confidence to solve problems with creativity, their lives become stories of opportunity and discovery.

I’ve been thinking lately about how I can improve the mentor workshop. One thing I felt bad about last March was just how “teachy” everything was. The courseware was recently slimmed down dramatically, though there was still such pressure to Cover The Material. Part of this came from the primary pilot partner, who stressed the step-by-step, which set the tone for the mentor classes. By the end, I was pretty sad about it, vowing to not let things get so rote in the future.

So what do you do instead? Here’s a list of things kids need to know. How do you let the discoveries come from them? How do you guide them to the truth rather than teaching the tricks? One big difficulty is that students and teachers alike are expecting rote. There’s a real pressure to deliver things in a familiar teachy way, just to have everyone feel like they’re getting somewhere. Having a leading-question approach gets old real quick when you have a room full of blank stares waiting for you to answer your own question, over and over.

So how to do it? How do you guide their discoveries, particularly at the beginning? This is real easy in alternative private US schools, by the way. I’m able to slip into inscrutable Socrates mode quite quickly, and it’s a good thing.

But Haiti … It’s Different. The children are just as smart. They just haven’t been taught it’s all up to them.