Genius Not Required | Christine Orkisz Lang | 2 Min Read

August 31, 2022

My oldest sister is a retired teacher who specialized in gifted education, science, and art. As you might imagine, Leonardo da Vinci’s expertise and work inspired many of her lessons and students, which, in turn, inspired me. When we think, today, of the extensive amount of knowledge that da Vinci had in so many different and varied fields, it is astounding: engineering, botany, cartography, mathematics, physics, architecture, anatomy, and, of course, art. He was a universal genius.

With the ever-accelerating growth of knowledge and ever-increasing access to information​​, one human being could no longer even remotely be considered a master in the number of areas da Vinci was—developing expertise in even one can take decades. 

The resulting changes impacting our economies and societies pose crucial challenges for education systems and teachers. To be effective, teachers must continuously increase their knowledge and skills in a growing number of domains, including neuroscience; the social, cognitive, and behavioral sciences; pedagogy; computer and information sciences; artificial intelligence/machine learning; environmental studies; economics, and engineering. 

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Christine (Orkisz) Lang

Dr. Christine Orkisz Lang is an Education Consultant and Founder of Core & More Education, as well as a PYP Programme Leader. Christine holds a BA in Liberal Studies, MEd in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics/Inquiry-Based Learning. Her research and work focus on learning in inquiry-based contexts, where she has developed expertise in designing structures to support improved learning. She is an author of the original international Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program (PYP), her most recent school-based role was as the Primary School Principal at the Vienna International School in Austria. [email protected]