For those of you unable to join us for our first Vision Night this past week, we offer an overview of one of the topics presented by Dr. Sam Adams, Head of School.
In a world often fixated on adding more, the book "Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less" by Leidy Klotz challenges the status quo by exploring the transformative potential of subtraction. At Seven Peaks School, where the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission emphasizes holistic education, Klotz's insights resonate profoundly.
"Subtract" urges us to reconsider the default instinct of adding, advocating for a shift in mindset toward subtraction as a powerful tool for innovation and growth. Key Takeaways for Seven Peaks School:
Simplicity as a Catalyst for Understanding:
"Subtract" emphasizes the beauty of simplicity and how it can foster a deeper understanding. At Seven Peaks, this aligns with the IB's mission to develop students who inquire into ideas and issues of personal, local, and global significance. Embracing simplicity can lead to a clearer understanding of complex subjects.
Innovative Problem Solving:
"Subtract" encourages viewing problems through the lens of subtraction, fostering creativity and innovative solutions. This aligns with Seven Peaks' commitment to developing inquisitive thinkers who approach challenges with an open mind and a willingness to explore unconventional solutions.
The book explores the environmental impact of our choices, emphasizing the importance of sustainable practices. Seven Peaks, with its focus on global citizenship, can leverage these insights to instill a sense of responsibility for the planet and encourage eco-friendly initiatives.
Balancing Extracurricular Activities:
Klotz's concept of subtracting non-essential elements applies not only to academic pursuits but also extracurricular activities. Seven Peaks can use this approach to guide students in finding a balance between academic excellence and a well-rounded, fulfilling life.
"Subtract" challenges us to question our assumptions about the value of addition and embrace the power of less. Seven Peaks School, guided by its IB mission, can leverage these principles to create an educational environment that prioritizes depth of understanding, innovation, and sustainable practices. By subtracting the unnecessary, Seven Peaks can empower students to thrive in a world that values quality over quantity, aligning nicely with the essence of a holistic IB education.