John Tan & Jai Flicker: How Attachment Theory Impacts Education
Students require more than just academic support when it comes to learning. For effective learning, students need psychological and emotional support, too.
Having strong relationships with a caregiver is crucial for a child's development and how they progress in their education. This is also connected to ideas around attachment theory. Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary, and ethological theory that relates to the relationships between humans. The most important idea around attachment theory is that young children need to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for normal social and emotional development. In this episode, Educational Entrepreneurs John Tan and Jai Flicker discuss attachment theory and how this relates to a student’s relationship with learning and their education. John Tan is an Education Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Obama Leader at the Obama Foundation. He has founded two impact-driven edtech companies, Saturday Kids and Doyobi, that work to inspire kids to become curious, self-directed learners, to become original thinkers, and to lead a life with a sense of purpose. Jai has worked in the education space since 1999, where he discovered his love for teaching and working with young people. In 2004, Jai founded his own educational practice, LifeWorks Learning Center, based on the idea that teens need more than just academic support to thrive. Since then, Jai has developed and refined his approach to working with teens, drawing upon the latest research in child development and attachment theory to deepen his impact.