PCK - the Purpose
In recent times, the pursuit of happiness, personal peace and the search for self-knowledge and inner calm, has been sought actively by adults all over the world. The explosive growth in meditation and mindfulness practices is evidence of our efforts to shape a better human experience for ourselves.
Having undertaken a meditation practice some years ago, I experienced the internal benefits first hand. Then a wonderful book by Oxford University Professor, Mark Williams, “Finding Peace in a Frantic World,” introduced me to a more mindful way of living and being.
In 2015, I saw first hand the benefits of mindfulness on primary age students, as part of the team introducing an Oxford-based mindfulness program into an Australian school for the first time. Combined with a school-wide introduction of growth-mindset attitudes,
Many students were surprisingly open about the stresses they faced in their lives and for many, an introduction to mindfulness practices gave them a very helpful and powerful way of coping with personal challenges, often giving them the calm needed to complete a challenging or previously anxiety-inducing task.
Speaking publicly, performing in sport under pressure, preparing for music or dance exams - were just a few of the ways in which these young people were learning to take control of their thoughts and their emotions.
And of course, we as adults know how important that is.
How much better for our kids would it be if we could teach them to do at a young age, what it has taken many of us a lifetime to do.
How much better for our kids if we focused on other areas of their development rather than pursuing academic results at all costs.
Producing ranks of over-achieving students who pay the price in health and happiness is something being increasingly questioned by parents wanting more for their children.
And would it not be a wonderful thing if, in developing kids’ skills and talents, we could use their existing propensities, interests and tendencies, in a variety of scientific, performing, artistic or technological ways, to help them to grow and learn as a complete being.
And so from this awareness of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, of the incredible learning than can take place when it’s differentiated, and the evidence for the impact of high-quality teacher-student relationships, PCK has evolved.
PCK combines mind, body and learning approaches for parents wanting their children to develop into functional, self-managing adults, and seeking a more rounded and balanced approach to their growth.
For parents looking for an alternative to cookie-cutter tuition in souless, white-walled rooms by wooden instructors, PCK recognises the need for holistic tuition and seeks to cater for this niche segment of the education market, choosing to introduce and test this concept in Singapore, one of the highest-achieving academic nations globally.