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Monday 15th July - 04:20 PM BST

Katharine Birbalsingh on Meaning in Life

How our foundational years shape us

Most people seek meaning in their lives. As Nietzsche famously stated, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Yet, despite this profound insight, over half of young adults report feeling little to no purpose each year. Compounding this issue, anxiety and depression rates are soaring among teens. Clearly, we are falling short of instilling a sense of purpose in the younger generation.

Enter Katharine Birbalsingh, known as "the world's strictest headmistress" and the leader of one of the U.K.'s most successful schools. Birbalsingh passionately argues that this crisis of meaning begins in childhood. She believes that unless we embrace discipline, endure boredom, and return to more traditional methods of teaching and parenting, we will fail to reverse this troubling trend.

Join Birbalsingh as she delves into how these foundational elements can reshape the future for our children. Her insights challenge modern educational and parenting norms, advocating for a structured environment where children can thrive. This approach, she asserts, is essential for fostering resilience, purpose, and ultimately, a generation capable of bearing their 'how' in life. Book your spot for IAI Live July by clicking here.


16:20 BST - Katharine Birbalsingh on Meaning in Life The Lounge

17:00 BST - The Great Rewiring of Our Lives arena

18:20 BST - Screens aren't causing a mental health epidemic arena

18:30 BST - The Revisit Project stage

Katharine Birbalsingh

Education reformer

Katharine Birbalsingh CBE, 'Britain's strictest headmistress,' founded Michaela Community School in 2014, securing the country's top Progress 8 score. She advocates for banning smartphones in class and emphasizes love and strict discipline for children's success.

Katharine Birbalsingh on Meaning in Life

Join Katharine Birbalsingh, "Britain's strictest headmistress," as she advocates for discipline and traditional teaching methods to address the rising crisis of meaning, anxiety, and depression among today's youth. To find our more - click here.