Learning Makes Your World Bigger
Grade Learning President and CEO Michael Bateman shares about the futures learning makes possible.
At Grade Learning we’ve always known that learning opens doors. Paul Rosen, our newest student, is just one example of this phenomenon. Paul has spent 50 years with a literacy level equivalent to an elementary or high school student. What has this meant for him? He – like many who struggle with illiteracy – has developed coping mechanisms.
In his career as a motivational speaker, he often memorizes names, stories and other key components of his speeches in order to avoid stumbling while reading from a teleprompter.
Other coping mechanisms we see commonly: traveling the same routes, going to the same restaurants, ordering the same things.
If you’ve ever traveled to another country where you don’t speak the native tongue, you know the experience of having your world shrink. You start out knowing nearly nothing, and as you learn a word here, a phrase there, the parameters of your daily existence expand.
If – however – you’ve had the privilege of traveling to a country where you DO speak the language, you’ll understand the new distinctions the ability to comprehend brings. Stories, history, art, culture, food… that you might have never enjoyed, suddenly become available to you.
This is the type of transformation that fuels us at Grade Learning. Our education creates possibilities for our students. We’re proud and honoured to be a crucial part of the expansion of so many students’ worlds.
We bring the same philosophy and commitment to our own learning. Our talented team of owners, managers, teachers and head office staff bring to each workday the desire to learn and improve our service offerings so that we can better assist our students in navigating what’s next.