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How do we avoid raising a useless generation?

Ever since the industrial revolution, societies have had a dilemma about educating the next generation. With the rate of development in the world of commerce begin so rapid, how can we possibly prepare children for the world of work they will face?

In 2017, the rate of technological development is alarming. The way businesses operate change on an almost monthly basis. So how can we educate children today; those who will be venturing out into the world of work in 2030 and beyond?

 

Educating tomorrow’s workforce

Here at Artec, we believe that staying ahead of the education curve is key.  As long as global education systems remain reactive, they will fail to provide children with the skills they’ll need in the world of work. World-class educators must be proactive – looking beyond the current state of demand in the jobs market.

This is not a new phenomenon. And before citing that the sun, indeed, will rise every day, we should not use that as an excuse to try and improve educational provisions.

Developing useful people

This TEDx talk by Jodie Cook explains why we need to focus on developing creativity and enterprising attitudes rather than information we can just Google.

Her key points are:

  1. Enterprising characteristics are not developed in schools, yet they are crucial for the next generation as jobs are replaced by automation and AI
  2. Businesspeople are usually portrayed negatively, so we must give children alternative role models and inspiration
  3. Enterprise education + role models = useful people
  4. Enterprise education must be made mainstream
  5. Parents and teachers must start today

Changing education

This is a great TEDx talk by Seth Godin, who actually outlines alternatives for changing the current system:

His eight ideas to improve the system are as follows:

  1. Do homework by day, have lectures at night
  2. No memorization of information (because we can Google it!)
  3. No predetermined course order
  4. Precise, focused education
  5. Experience-based
  6. Have a ‘coach’ not a ‘teacher’
  7. Lifelong learning
  8. No brand name colleges (because that’s all just marketing)

 

There are many other great talks on enterprise and the education system so get out on the interwebs and get watching!

Found any you think we’d love? Let us know!

 

Motivational and inspirational

Giving children the passion and belief that they can achieve their goals is so important. Even with strong academic knowledge and performance, finding one’s way in the world is challenging without the right attitudes and people skills.

 

Motivation

With so many distractions for kids these days, it can be incredibly challenging to keep them focused and motivated on one task. Of course, when children are three or fours years of age, this might not seem to be a major issue.

In fact, if you’re always trying to keep them occupied to free up your time, handing over the iPhone or iPad, is such a simple solution. The problem with modern games, apps, and kids TV shows, is that they’re designed to be addictive and keep them motivated to keep playing or watching.

This creates a problem when you’re encouraging them to read or study as they get a little older. The go from having the internet at their fingertips and their media consumption on demand, to having to read and write something that is not all that awe-inspiring!

The short attention spans developed in both children and adults, today, makes creating motivation to stick to a task or project more important than ever.

Of course, it’s not just motivation to stick with a task that is so important…

Inspiration

Another challenge is to create the desire to achieve a certain goal. With the right role models and inspiration, children will have more chance of being motivated in their endeavours.

Where to find this inspiration is quite tricky.

In sport, it is very easy. We can easily turn the TV to any sporting event to show an aspiring athlete or footballer the individuals right at the top of their game. But what about successful individuals who aren’t on the TV or in the limelight? These can be harder to explain to kids.

Runners at the starting line. Athletes are great examples of inspirational role models for kids

Often times, we tend to point to successful people in whatever arena we hope to inspire children in. However, this can often be without context and there’s no clue as to how these people reached their pinnacle. With sportspeople, we know they trained hard, practiced, and probably had some good genetics. With successful professionals and, in particular, business people, it’s not quite as obvious.

 

How to find role models for kids

It’s important that children understand that it’s not just success that matters; it’s the journey. Being obsessed with success can mean individuals become disheartened when things don’t go right first time. In reality, most successful people failed miserably, over and over again before the succeeded.

Try to find role models who aren’t yet world-famous icons – people who are still on their journey to greatness. Seeing the hard work and failures is a great way to inspire and motivate kids.

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