Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?
Updated: Oct 15
The Future is Now
Attention teachers, parents, professors, and anyone that cares about helping our society achieve its maximum potential. I am an educator; I did not know when I graduated college that the journey we call "life" would lead me to a classroom.
I did not know that I would find my passion in writing, blogging, training, and helping others achieve their goals by creating iMar Learning Solutions. But, I am here and I am happy that at the end of the day I am able to bring awareness to the need for soft skill training and critical thinking. These are the skills that will help you advance in your career.
With Great Power
As an educator, I feel that I have great power because I have the opportunity to influence the outcome of our future generations. Parents, professors, supervisors, pastors, mentors and etcetera also share this burden and privilege. I say burden because I hate to use the overused Spider-Man phrase but "with great power comes great responsibility." Okay, I said it, and I mean it!
The Power We Have as Educators
As an educator, we are shaping tomorrow in today's classroom. We have the power to make or break a student, to destroy or build confidence, and to give or take away power. All leaders understand what it means to have power like that in your hands. Not everyone is called to be a teacher or a leader, some are in the position and they abuse their power. For example, my freshman year of high school I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to take a computer programming class. I just knew that this was the beginning of my lifelong career as a computer programmer.
By the end of the first semester, I hated that class with my soul. I loved the information that we were learning, but the teacher hated being there and she let us know it every day. If I would have had the right teacher maybe I would have followed a different career path. So, leaders, mentors, teachers and anyone that has influence over someone's future, do not become a dream killer, focus on helping others follow their dreams so they can reach their own personal level of success.
The Responsibility We Have As Educators
As societal transformation leaders, we have a very important responsibility to make sure the students we have been blessed with are prepared for their future with the proper tools and training. The way we were taught to understand does not work for the current and upcoming generation of learners. Technology has played a major role in disrupting the classroom.
Len Rosen in his article, Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, discussed the Global School Leadership Alliance report that addressed the current and future state of education in relation to technology. The report stated that, "education is failing to prepare young people for their working future, young people need to develop right-brain skills (creativity) just as much as left-brain (mathematics and technical) to adapt to the emerging economy, employers need to take charge of training employees, providing full-time rather than part-time positions, and provide them with adaptive skills in the face of disruptive change."
If educators don't change their methods and adapt to the changes we will have a generation of citizens that are not prepared for what lies ahead. Artificial Intelligence and automation have crept into our lives and it will only become more advanced.
Teachers, parents, supervisors, and mentors it is time to wake up and begin to help those placed in your charge to learn to use the tools needed for future success.
Don't worry, I won't just leave you hanging! You can download my e-book, Skill Better: The Skills You Need Today to Get Hired Tomorrow. "Skill Better" explains how the skills gap was created and I explain what you need to do to close it for yourself, help you become more creative, and give you the tools you need to be the best you can be!