Origins and philosophy
Society needs a game-breaking change to reverse growing levels of dispiritedness, ill health, economic decline and environmental destruction. Education can bring about rapid change because it is the most potent force in society, hard-wiring the brains of every citizen in their developmental years. The educational principles of Journey To Brilliance® are human-centred, non-ideological, universal and timeless. They can be applied to any student in any environment. Longitudinal studies show this project has the potential to profoundly improve social and economic environments in New Zealand via crime reduction, improved physical and mental health, innovative thinking ability and high achievement expectations, within just one generation.
Find out where the standard model of education comes from and how it has become what it is today.
Bringing our principles to life
In 2004, a group of individuals met to share and discuss their educational research and their various experiences, as students, teachers, school advisers and employers. The Holistic Education Trust emerged from these meetings, with the long-term aim of converting mainstream education from an outdated, regimented and militaristic model to a contemporary, student-centred humanist model. The wealth of research in fields such as neuro-science, biology, psychology, sociology, quantum physics, spiritual wisdom, ecology and education guided us to a set of core principles that are universal in nature and somewhat common-sense in hindsight. So why aren’t they already at the core of education? The History of education section answers that point. In 2009, we opened Seven Oaks School in Christchurch New Zealand, to put our principles into practice and create a live educational environment where students can learn at the leading-edge of humanist education. The results have been startling: parents notice their children become happier and more capable. Neighbours and friends notice how our students seem mature and grounded for their age. Teachers from other schools comment on the quality of our students’ questions and problem-solving abilities. The Brilliant Curriculum® is now available for wider roll-out to purpose-built educational environments, starting with the relocation of Seven Oaks School to a purpose-built campus at Halswell, to the south-west of Christchurch. Our next step is to offer the model to schools throughout New Zealand and advocate change in national education policy.