My constant mission for over 25 years has been to break the industrial education system of pumping facts into your head and testing what has been pumped in, and instead design education solutions to give you the tools and methods you need to become utterly brilliant in what you CHOOSE to do or be. Imagine that !
My name is Jacques Marais and I am a teacher and educational designer.
Before we embark on the background and history – for those who prefer to just copy/paste the address and experience eCALA Life – visit www.ecalalife.com
Why eCALA Life?
What’s the problem we are trying to solve here?
Fortress: ‘National Education Systems’
HEALTH WARNING: In defense of teachers – I am one and very aware of their care and competence. Trying teaching 20 pubescent munchkins for a week!
How wisely are we educating ourselves ? This is categorically different to ‘being educated’, which is our problem.
We all know how utterly messed up most country’s education systems are. It’s the same 1850 system when education was industrialised to produce children ready for long days in factories, obedience and able to repeat what they had been taught so they could produce the same task time and time again.
If the goal was to produce children for a world of commercial, profit making, business oriented lives …it was a resounding success!
150 YEARS LATER what have we learned? Nothing. We are just more efficient at churning more children through the ‘system’ to achieve a 1st class honours degree which guarantees nothing but a job in a call centre. Ignoring that we are in a technology driven world were there are a fraction of the numbers of those industrial jobs, what will the world be like in 20 years time and what will people do with their lives and time then?
I will not dwell on this much of this as it is so well covered by brilliant minds, such as one of greatest heroes Sir Ken Robinson, but if you want to know where my philosophy and thinking come from – please do watch his videos at the end of this article.
The fact is most adults are either in the doing the wrong thing/job versus their dreams. And for the lucky ones who are mostly doing the right things but wrong ….they mostly need a navigation system (market knowledge), a reliable revenue engine (sales) and some wheels (an operating model)!
The revolution is to move education into your hands for your chosen purpose. The role of eCALA Life is to ensure you are a ‘domain expert’ in your chosen field PLUS you can make this economically sustainable for yourself.
- A dancer should trip-the-light-fantastic.
- A great leader should be taught to serve not command.
- A ceramicist should be throwing pots not washing plates.
- Systems thinkers should be in charge of the planet not profit makers.
The revolution is also to understand true value, so for doctors to be doctors because they are driven by welfare not wallet..unimaginable? No… it’s just wiring it right.
So I created eCALA Life to develop the technical domain skills you may wish to either acquire or develop – as well as the business skills to make it economically sustainable.
We will start by offering around 30 diverse learning programmes. All teachers are internationally qualified method-based educators who are committed to ensuring your leave with the ‘method’ and ‘application’ of your subject.
Life is short – we are only given time – if time is life’s currency let spend it doing things we love and make them economically viable.