Randy Antik told the moving story of how he was instrumental in the founding of All Kinds Of Minds with Dr. Mel Levine last week at the Businness Innovation Factory’s 2nd annual Collaborative Innovation conference.
Every year thousands of kids, who often times are not less intelligent, but more intelligent than average, suffer unnecessarily in the traditional learning environments as they learn differently. All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit Institute “that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise.” They achieve this by educating K-12 teachers about the science of learning and on how to provide a good learning environment for all students. So far the organization has trained over 30,000 teachers and they estimate that more than three-quarter-of-a-million kids have benefited from their program! One of the biggest coup for the organization came when Mayor Bloomberg announced that all NYC teachers would go through the program.
It is great to see how ordinary people with a passion can get involved and achieve success in providing for a good future for our kids – but where is our government in all of this? Other than trying to bring more faith into the classroom, or to try to confuse our kids about what constitutes science versus dogma…which of course we all know they are doing a good job at!