There has recently been a lot of talk about the reform needs of the education systems around the world; the general argument seems to be that our current educational models do not seem to equip students for the world of the future, and indeed for the jobs of the future. We can take a look at the last 20 years when computers, internet and the mobile technologies revolutionised our job market and economies alongside with the green movement. These new sectors have transformed our industrial base and now contribute significantly to the growth of new jobs. For instance new start-ups in technology are responsible for the majority of the job growth in the US, and the EU is looking strongly into the rise of new and green technologies to revitilise the industrial base and the labour market in Europe. There are interesting articles available on both of these cases at the bottom of this page.
What should we do with our education systems then? What skills should we give to the kids if we have limited knowledge what kind of skills they will need in the future? What kind of attitude do we ourselves need to take toward education and new technologies?
Keeping an open mind toward new innovations and getting involved in them is the key to keeping our societies and economies running. This will also encourage the new generations to do the same and use their inner motivation, skills and interests alive. It is important to remember that formal education should be there to give us the basic knowledge to analyse what we see and experience in the world, but education should not be limited to the classrooms alone. Children and adults alike learn constantly and the more non-formal and action oriented learning we encourage, the more of a DYI spirit we foster in the current and the generations to come.
Social entrepreneurs are usually the cutting edge innovators, thinking things from the completely new perspective. They also have the drive and ideas to make their ideas a reality. Did they learn these skills in the classrooms? Most likely not. Social entrepreneurs come from all walks of life but what usually unifies them is the experiences that have influenced them enough to provide the spark for setting up their own businesses surrounded in one core idea. They have seen and learned from experience.
This is exactly the reason why we need to give ourselves the liberty to break out from the rigidity of the classroom mentality and see the value of internet, hobbies, television, blogs, social media, social activism, etc. could have on our education and learning.
Is there something you have been interested in for a long time but have always found yourself thinking “it’s not relevant to what I am doing now” or “I don’t have the time now to focus on anything extra” ? Maybe it’s time to give it a go?
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