In a global economy, in an environment that is hyperconnected to a substantial amount of information and knowledge sharing, students need to be prepared with the skills to actively participate, not spectate. When students are participants, they can synthesize large amounts of information to make significant contributions for themselves and for those around them.
For these reasons and more, BASIS Independent Schools adheres to a simple and powerful mission - to educate students to the highest international levels. We benchmark our program to the best education systems in the world and in the process, have developed a global best practices approach to education from toddlers to grade 12.
How do we measure the outcomes of our mission? We look to the gold standard, the OECD and PISA.
Leading education podcast "Edspiration" recently featured BASIS Independent Manhattan Head of School Jesse Rizzo on her vision for nurturing a global classroom at her new school opening on the Upper West Side this fall.
The interview delves into very pertinent discussions: How do you expose students to their role in the world and their own heritage? How does increased empathy and cultural understanding lead to higher achievement?
"At a humanitarian level, teaching our kids to be globally aware can help them understand people who are different," said Ms. Rizzo in the interview. "Diversity can build a peaceful and civil society. As our world continues to become more interconnected, students are expected to work well with many cultures."
On the surface, the mission of BASIS Independent Schools is pretty simple. Ask any of us to repeat it, and like members of any mission-driven organization, we will enthusiastically share that “our mission is to raise the standards of our students’ learning to the highest international levels.” But what exactly does it mean to offer a program that raises the standards of learning to the highest international levels? What does global readiness look like?
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Manhattan is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.