Most current school systems fail miserably at teaching our children what they need to know. This failure is not with learning how to read, or math skills, it refers to teaching them about what matters. Students sit for hours filling out worksheets or taking notes that are irrelevant to their lives. Most of this repetitive information is only memorized for the occasion such as the test it will pertain to and is then forgotten. They all know the test questions have only one right answer and it causes them to stress and worry that they know that ‘one right answer.’
How should schools be teaching kids? They need to teach them the world is not predictable, and enlighten them about the unknown. Kids today need to be prepared for change, even if that change cannot yet be described. Child-rearing and education both need to take a new approach to preparing kids for the future. These are some essential skills children should be learning.
How To Problem Solve
Almost everything in life begins as a problem. When you start a new job, you have to figure out, or problem solve, how best to perform your duties. Moving to a new environment will require that you problem solve how best to adapt to the culture, weather, and just everyday settings. All things our children will face when they enter the world will require them to use ‘problem-solving’ skills. At school and home, a child should be allowed how to solve their problems. They should be allowed to work through situations without someone jumping in to fix or solve issues without giving them the chance to do so themselves. As children develop confidence in themselves that they are able to problem-solve their own situations, there will then be nothing they cannot do.
Don’t Discourage Interest
Allow children to find things that excite them. Activities that inspire passion in your child to complete are incredibly rewarding to them. Install creativity for them to try new ventures until they find one that truly fits them. Encourage any interest and never discourage new ideas or desires to try new things.
Be Happy On Their Own
Parents often provide the opportunities for their children to find happiness. Children are often coddled and kept close to their parents and associate happiness to being in their presence. When these kids become adults, they feel the need to attach themselves to friends or partners immediately. If they are not able to find that special connection they’re seeking, they will try to find it in external things such as video games, shopping, or the internet. If a child learns at an early age that they can find happiness in being alone, by reading or playing alone, they will have learned a valuable skill.
Encourage Kids To Ask ‘Why.’
Children are born with a natural curiosity and can be quite annoying at the age of three as they continuously ask ‘why’? Young children explore their world naturally without being told. The high-schooler, on the other hand, will seldom ask ‘why’ as they have learned to accept. These older students need to ‘unlearn’ this rule of acceptance and begin to question their world again. They need to be shown how to become lifelong learners in a way that helps them enjoy searching for answers. This questioning is a skill they will take with them long after school ends and not just be useless information forgotten once the need for it expires.
Allow Students To Be Responsible For Their Learning
Schools don’t have to create students who are good at completing school work. Schools should be about creating environments that encourage students to learn. Student responsible for what they learn foster creativity in themselves and engages themselves in the learning process. In place of rote learning, students should be allowed to be creative and learn how to learn. Some ways to incorporate responsible learning is to include digital literacy. Creatively incorporating digital learning maintains student interest and with current options such as texting, Skype, and social media they can be shown responsible use.
Teach How To Communicate
Communication is the key to getting along with others no matter what language or medium. Having effective communication skills means knowing how to be open, honest, and be able to share information. Students need to learn about mutual understanding between others they are involved with, whether or not they agree on their intentions or ideas. How to overcome barriers when communicating is a difficult technique to learn. Using skills we have used in our own situations can often help students learn how to adjust their own strategies.
How To Navigate The Flow Of Change
Learning that the world will continue to change and being able to accept and deal with change is one of the most essential life skills a child can learn. Teaching a student how to navigate the flow of change is going to give them a competitive advantage when they enter their own independence. Setting goals and having plans are important, but they must also learn flexibility to change when those goals and plans have to be altered. Show them life is an adventure and some things will go wrong, or turn out differently than expected, and this can be part of the excitement of life.