The Gimnasio Moderno of the 21st Century: The challenge of educating leaders for uncertainty
Why do we educate? How and when to educate? These questions pose enormous challenges. Since its foundation, Gimnasio Moderno has taken on the challenges of the future with the conviction that it is in education, in the free development of its students and of their different talents where innovations for the future is born and cooperative work is done to solve problems and conflicts. More than a hundred years ago, the founders took education as a challenge. It was about educating a type of people capable of leading other types of realities, an organic education, that is, tailored to the person, intellectually and emotionally.
Many of these challenges have changed as a result of a more diverse and global society. Both the sciences and the humanities agree that we live in a time characterized largely by uncertainty. We cannot know for sure what can happen or how exactly we are going to apply what we learn in school. However, we believe in the suitability of the school to educate its students with the capacities and aptitudes that allow them to adapt to changes, whatever those may be. What has remained intact, now like a hundred years ago, is the vocation to educate for change and service. We must do everything in our power so that students understand that human excellence is a journey that encompasses the academic and the formative, without quarreling with each other, that the local does not quarrel with the global, nor happiness with the effort. In times of crisis, the school would be an important contribution for these future citizens to learn to assume uncertainty with responsibility and joy in cooperative work and a constant commitment to their own improvement.
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