We are taught to believe that if you do well in school everything will work out. You will get the job of your dreams and live happily ever after.
You should know that your personal learning goals and the goals of your school are NOT the same.
The Standard Experience
It starts innocently enough as we all have to go to school. You might have noticed it in elementary, middle, or high school, they were not teaching you the things you were curious about. There were requirements that didn’t align with what you wanted to learn.
How many of us can honestly say that all the pressure of testing in subjects that had very little meaning to us at the time, had a positive effect on our lives.
10 skills that you need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.
(Source: World Economic Forum )
- Complex Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- People Management
- Coordinating with Others
- Emotional Intelligence
- Judgement and Decision Making
- Service Orientation
- Cognitive Flexibility
Which of these skills are you learning or experiencing in the classroom?
How many people need to learn more and supplement their education through outside activities including personalized instruction, sports, music, clubs, and others?
We Can Do More
Let’s become more involved in the process of our education. Not everyone is looking out for your best interests. Sometimes numbers and retention win out over quality and learning outcomes.
Things you can do
- Seek out good mentors. There are a handful of teachers that have already had an impact on your life and will help.
- Align yourself with programs that encourage curiosity and support working with you to develop your individual strengths.
- Ask questions. Do your research. Talk to teachers, former students, people that can help you see past the marketing materials.
There is no simple path. You need to find what works for you. Do not just default to what everyone else wants for you. You need to find out what you want and pursue it.
Our belief is that there is no limit to what you can experience or create. What do you really want?