Friday, January 31, 2014

QBE Academy -- an ebook for parents (free, click on the "download" link below)

Here are the chapters of Will Sutherland's ebook about his QBE Academy



Part 1: Skills for a Larger World

Tony Wagner's List of Seven Survival Skills

Initiative: The Overlooked Skill

Part 2: QBE Academy

The QBE Story
(What is “Qualified by Experience”)
Bring the methods and principles of one-on-one education to the confined space of a boat.”

Principles for QBE Academy
Delay rewards
Create planned temporary hardships
Become comfortable with being uncomfortable

What to Expect (a typical three-week program)

Part 3: Inside QBE
Meet the Founder

Thoughts of the Day
by Will Sutherland
(stories that demonstrate Initiative)

The Sweets Seller
The 14-Year-Old Captain
Heading to San Remo

Part 4: The Larger Vision
QBE as a Training Space for Teachers


(1) Who was John Corlette?

(2) What Did John Corlette Offer?
By Wes Green

(3) Building Character and Body: Comment by Noel Thompson

(4) A Program For Any School (or Home)
An Introduction to The John Corlette Society
The Power of Posters

Free Agents, Sales, Motivation and a Whole New Mind:
A Short Course with Dan Pink

A Short List of Books and Videos (compiled by the advisors of QBE School)

DOWNLOAD the ebook here....

Here is a statement by Will Sutherland about QBE

QBE Origins and Principles

A short resume of the QBE Foundation.

Where did QBE come from?

“I am qualified by experience...” was often quoted in the armed services back in the 1970s. The phrase stuck with me because I have never really appreciated the benefit of other people’s inexperience and advice based on theory or lack of facts. Later when I needed to set up my own business I seemed to be dealing with a lot of colleagues who operated on a minimum of facts and experience. I was determined not to be like them. I built a network of people around me who had firsthand knowledge gained through experience and we offered solutions in B2B projects and problems. We called it the “Qualified By Experience Global Network.”

What is QBE?

QBE is a principle founded on the fact that we are all qualified by our experiences and achievements in life. We behave, react and respond in conversation or to relationships, contacts, tasks, challenges, successes, and failures according to our previous experience. Self-confidence, initiative, decision making, and relationships are based on these experiences and our mindset.

What is QBE Education?

We invest in the individual, showing that we care and seek success for each and every one.

This is an education system based on the QBE Principle, and is 

heavily influenced by John Corlette’s Seven Principles for 

Education, Dennis Littky’s Rigor – Relevance - Relationships and 

the values and thinking of Kurt Hann, Dennis Yuzenas, and Dan Pink.

We believe in the opposite to the one-size-fits-all philosophy of large schools and classes. Every individual has their own preferred way of learning and expressing their creative ideas. QBE Education strives to give all students the space, time and guidance, in the right environment, for them to thrive.

We provide environments which develop learning skills and enquiring minds, in both academic and practical environments.

An understanding of the QBE principle and mindset brings us to conclude that there are few if any original ideas, but there are infinite laws and ideas waiting to be discovered. For example, one hundred years ago no one would have thought we would be able to fly across the Atlantic. The laws of aerodynamics always existed, but they had not been discovered.

We encourage our students to take equal responsibility for their mistakes as for their achievements. Mistakes are seen as learning opportunities, not as a baton to beat ourselves up with or to be used to drive others down.

Discovery is the key to motivation, inspiration and creativity. So we create explorers.

We are aiming for Autonomy – Passion – Mastery and Purpose for all our students.

We are in an age of discovery. We are discovering that;
Our economic policies of the 20th Century no longer work;
Our education systems are no longer fit for purpose;
How do we stop the momentum of the monster

Autonomy – Passion – Purpose.

Taking responsibility:

We have to create the “natural” learning environment:
non-physical trait known as ‘grit’ — defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”

Mastery – we can always get better at it.

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