Learning is a life-long endeavor. Students need continual opportunities to practice and assume increasing responsibility for their own learning, so they become intrinsically motivated to continue learning beyond school walls. Self-motivated learners can use what they already know and are able to do to address future challenges in learning and life.

The first step in becoming a self-motivated learner is the realization that you need to learn something new. This realization then allows student to cooperate fully with the teacher in the learning process.

Once students accept their need and responsibility for learning, they can take the next step toward independence as a learner. They set goals for their learning based on academic standards and measures of their own performance. With the teacher's guide they become increasingly articulate about and effective with outlining both the substance and the purposes of their learning.

Fully engaged, self-motivated learners initiate learning because of an internal drive for deeper understanding, skills, and knowledge. They achieve challenging goals on their own for the sheer joy of learning, seeking assistance when needed, and using new understandings to identify their next set of learning goals.

Life and work in the 21st century require high levels of thinking, performance, communication, and problem solving. Schools around the world are held accountable for increasingly higher levels of achievement; parents and society quite rightly expect that the claims of schools to educate young people toward specific results should be documented and achieved. In addition, competition for jobs is now global rather than merely local or even regional. CTK is that privatized education parents seek.