The Nomizo Method Uses Active Learning to Grow Your Powers
The Story Behind the Method
Nomizo’s founder was an average high school student because he wasn’t inspired by the curriculum. It wasn’t that Jonathan lacked interest in learning, but traditional schooling just didn’t provide the challenges his brain sought. Fortunately, Jonathan received deep intellectual stimulation outside of his K-12 schooling, and in facing these strategic and analytical challenges he also developed the rigor and discipline he’d need for life. Jonathan would go on to graduate college Phi Beta Kappa, manage his own investment firm before reaching 30, and do something most people thought was impossible; he built and ran a school in Somaliland, Africa that has now matriculated over 200 students to top institutions globally, including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, and UPenn. Here’s the 60 Minutes piece Anderson Cooper did on the story
While there were dozens of students with higher grades in high school, decades later it was Jonathan standing on the podium giving the commencement address. Jonathan is but one example of the countless folks who thrived in life without always being a great student. This divergence goes the other direction as well – great students can struggle in the post-academic world.
Nomizo Powers You Up for Life Success
The Nomizo Method is a highly engaging curriculum to develop those critical life skills that are underrepresented in traditional schooling. Nomizo is a systematic way to bring all kids the challenges that Jonathan and others were lucky enough to receive informally.
Engaging With Complexity
Life involves constant judgements, large and small, with imperfect information and no right answers. Whether it is in your career, your family, or with your friends, you have to learn to make sense of complex problems to make wise decisions. Nomizo’s curriculum teaches students to embrace complexity and give it order. Nomizo teaches students how to think so they are prepared for a world that demands it.
Strategic, Tactical, and Analytical Nuance
We live in a dynamic world in which problems do not stand still. Whether in business or personal matters, the challenge we faced last month can now take on a very different form. A dynamic world requires dynamic thinking, so Nomizo’s curriculum faces students off against moving targets, rather than the static learning pervasive in traditional schooling. Nomizo trains students to think strategically while adjusting their tactics to the situation.
Interpersonal Analysis, Communication, and Persuasion
It is nearly impossible to live a fulfilling life without learning to successfully engage with others. Likewise, the better our interpersonal skills the more we can accomplish. In traditional schools one can become an ‘A Student’ without developing emotional intelligence, social skills, and verbal persuasion. The Nomizo Method fills that gap and more, pushing students to collaborate, empathize, communicate, and convince each other.
The Nomizo Method develops these Power Realms through our 4 activity types:
A Nomizo Perspective
Parents so often think of traditional K-12 schooling as an end in itself, rather than a tool for life success. ‘A’ Students” are generally the ones who focus in class, diligently do all their homework, prepare for exams well in advance, and write with exquisite grammar. These are great skills that transition well to the rest of life, where focus, diligence, preparation, and written communication are indeed important. But school isn’t the only way to develop academic skills, as Jonathan and others have so clearly proved. What’s more, traditional schooling does not focus on many critical skills for life success. You can ace school and still not be ready for the world.