School Of The Future Change The Structure And Help Revitalise The World Economy

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Business man in Classroom | Source

The Old Structure

The school system that we see today has been around for Centuries. Learning has always been part of our Civilisation, but back in History it was mainly boys who were allowed to learn. Girls were expected to become wives and mothers only learning to sew, cook and look after children.The school system that we have today mainly came about in the 18th century and it hasn’t really changed much since then.

Back then it worked because the upper class society took their education and went on to work in the higher paid jobs such as Teachers, Lawyers, Bankers and other necessary positions. As the years went by and the mainstream population were allowed a free education, boys and girls both began to show that the education system was something that really worked. Children were getting the chance of a better life.

Now we get to the 21st Century.

Pupils go to school, leave and then go on to higher education such as College and University. After getting their qualifications, they then leave and are thrust out into the World, and most spend months or even years trying to get a job that fits their qualifications.

At this stage some can be very lucky and find exactly what they are looking for.

Other’s don't.

It’s a fact that the majority of school leavers today come away with so many qualifications that they are in fact over qualified for most jobs. Many a time a young person applies for a job only to be turned away because they have too much education.

This can be so frustrating. Not only do they need to work, but the jobs that are on offer are completely different to what they have planned for most of their lives, thus leaving them with a sense of frustration and seeing their life plans go down the drain. Many of them will move from job to job trying to fulfil their ambitions and be knocked back at every turn.

This can be so debilitating for them. To work towards a dream only to be thrown on the rubbish tip of life. Everything they ever wanted will disappear, years off hard work will be spent doing something that leaves them not only feeling frustrated, but a failure.

This will affect their whole lives. Not only the quality but how they interact with other people, their mental state, and of course whether they can get married or be able to afford to start a family.

What To Do?

The sad thing about this is that it affects the whole World that we live in. The reason being that there are so many intelligent young people out there that can be using their brains to enhance the quality of the planet.

Just think about it for one moment. How many kids  could be a top scientist? Maybe one of them could solve the problems in the Third World, eradicate Malaria, put an end to Aids, or even be the person who discovers how to grow food for the starving, in a way that we have never thought of before.

I know what you are thinking. Surely these intelligent people have gone through College and have been accepted into the Scientific community.

Not necessarily.

The reason being that we forget how young they are. That’s not being ageist it’s just stating a fact.

What if?

Just imagine for one moment that the person in question doesn’t manage to get a College grade for some reason. Or just because they are really intelligent, it doesn’t mean that they have the push to get where they should be.

Some people are really nervous before an interview, making them lose out on the jobs that they want, purely because they come across as incompetent or just ‘wrong’ for the job. Take in consideration, illness, or lack of money to get to the interview, then you have the same old scenario again

Apprenticeships Straight From The Classroom.
Apprenticeships Straight From The Classroom. | Source

My Vision Of The Future

Check out this Scenario, and tell me what you think.

In the last two years of school, a child tells the teacher what he or she wants to do when they leave school. They have been above average in their school results on that particular subject and the teacher can see that they have promise. Not only that, but the subject has been a dream of theirs ever since they were a small child.

But it always seemed out of reach. A pipe dream.

As long as there is a lesson in the school curriculum for the subject, the teacher then makes sure that each and every child chooses which class subject they want to do.

As the school year gets under way, the children will be allowed to study the subject of their choice above all others. Keeping their other studies to the mornings, and the chosen one for every afternoon.

When the time comes to leave school, instead of going to College or University, the Head Teacher gathers the children into their subject groups.

It's Open Day.

But instead of the kids parents coming to see their work, it is in fact an open day for the local business’s and Scientific communities to come and find their latest recruits.

Each business has to find places for the children who have shown interest and intelligence for that particular job. After reading the school work and talking to the individuals, they will then accept the children into their firms after the child has left school.

No More Interviews.

No More Disappointments.

And most importantly, the Scientists or Business men will find a really suitable candidate for the job, who is willing and eager to start on their life’s journey in the job that should be rightfully theirs.

And Bring Back Apprenticeships Now! Don't Wait For The Future!

What About The Rest?

Questions That You May Ask

1.What about the children who are not interested in any particular subject?

2. What about the children who cannot get the grades they want, even though they love that subject?

I Never Said It Would Be Easy. But There Is A Solution.

For the children who don’t have a particular subject that they really want to do, give them a choice of three or four subjects. Over the two years they can study each, and by the time It comes to leaving school, they should know which one they want to do. If not, they have the option of going through the old process of interviews and finding a job that is easier, and one that they are happy with.

As for the children within a group who get lower grades, they will have the option to stay on for another year for more study. Or even be given jobs within their chosen subject that is not quite as technical but are given the choice of working their way up.

Too Many Children Not Enough Job Space

The one question that I am sure you are asking is, where are all these jobs going to come from? If you employ all the children every year, what about the people already working there?

As I said, not easy. But there is a way around it. Each year all around the World, there are people who need Scientists, Doctors, Medics and many other professions. The world is becoming a much smaller place. The children who really do want these jobs will be offered over seas work, and each institute or work place will be given funds by the government to build extra facilities for more work, more research and most importantly, progress.

So you see it could work.

Oh, And Here's A Thought. A Big One.

Message to our Governments. Start showing some loyalty to the people of this Country. Every time you allow a person from abroad to come and work here you are slapping the faces of the people who are English, British and Immigrants who have lived here for years. What right do you have allowing people to come in and take our jobs when there are millions of British people out of work? It would be different if they were Scientists, Doctors etc that we may or may not need. But to allow people over here to go straight into the Shop Jobs, Offices and other similar Jobs is disgusting. And before you say, well you said that you would send the British over seas to help out, I was talking about Jobs such as Scientists etc. Can you imagine me going to a poorer country, and walking straight in and taking a man's Job that he desperately needs to feed his family? No, didn't think so. Sort it out.

Musicians of the Future  Children Being The Person That They Want To Be.
Musicians of the Future Children Being The Person That They Want To Be. | Source

Restructuring For The Future

The point of this article is to prove that, once and for all, there is a different way. Surely a child who loves a particular subject, is going to work much harder and produce more results, than someone who has been led or pushed into the job through sheer desperation.

If each and every child could fulfil their dream without all the hastle and hard work of trying to get the job that they really wanted, only to be pushed back because of lack of space in the work place, or nerves at the interview, then the World would progress much quicker. There would be a much smaller benefit system because the people would automatically have jobs, there would be no College fees that have to be paid back, and the most important thing out of all of this, would be that each and every child would feel proud to have achieved their dreams, by playing a big part in making the new World a better place.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

This article is thought provocative. It would be helpful to have education keep up with the times.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Millionaire, thank you for reading, yes education should definitely keep up with the times, thanks!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I especially like the last section, the world would indeed progress more smoothly if we could get the job we have worked so hard for. A system should be in place that you are placed in a job once you leave school,, but I guess there are more employees than positions so that's kind of tricky. The world is too competitive too.


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting hub. I think that we need to move away from the 'one size fits all' type of comprehensive education that we now have in this country. Bring back grammar schools, create many more schools that specialise in music, sport, the arts or science and also have technical type schools that specialise in teaching kids who are interested in things like engineering, carpentry, electricals etc. All kids are different and so there needs to be a much wider variety of educational establishments for parents and kids to choose from.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

At least someone out there is trying to solve a very real problem - offering solid solutions instead of complaints. Thanks for doing that! It's interesting that your ideas which are really excellent) involve two entities(the education system and the corporate system)that are now in the political spotlight. One has too much power, the other has none. If they would only realize how each can benefit the other, things would be a lot different.


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kripkrip420 4 years ago from In relation to what?

Hi Nell. Fantastic Hub, once again. Voted up! I really hope that the school system is restructured in a more creativity inspiring way, especially in America. I also hope that both Canada and America can employ a European style of post-secondary education where tuition is paid for by the government. They can consider it as an investment in their future physicists, mathematicians, writers, engineers, psychologists, etc. Thanks again!


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora

Great article. Common school in USA is not working. Hope restructuring is effective here, too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is certainly "food for thought". Your ideas are very good. I think the public schools in the US have failed terribly when it comes to teaching our kids. More and more of our kids are being "home schooled". Teachers are encouraged to teach the kids to pass the mandatory tests rather than teach the subjects.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. As a teacher, I give my vote to you. I l always concern with everything related with education. Thansk, Nell for open my mind about school with very objective view. I know that every country has different curriculum. But I think they all the same purpose to prepare "strong generation, both in mental and spiritual" in facing the real world. Well done, my friend. Vote up as always.

Prasetio


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a GREAT informative Hub Nell. The one point about letting the student spend his last school time in the line of work he wants to do. We did that in nurses training. The last month, we were allowed to work on the unit where we wanted to work after graduation. I chose surgery and saw many that i would never have the opportunity to see since we were only allowed a short time in surgery during training. Schools need to be more in tune with the student's needs..Voted up.....


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

As you have explained a 'one size fits all' education doesn't work. I think your apprentice idea is great and this is they way people learned throughout history. Great hub, voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, yes there are a few problems, but this is just an idea, even if we couldn't do it exactly this way, surely there must be a way to get people into the jobs that they have worked for? it just seems so stupid to go to college and then end up working in a shop selling beans! lol I think this stems from the fact that I haven't got work at the moment, it drives me mad! lol thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks guys, sorry I am all behind today! thanks I do believe that our school system whether over here in England or in America, should be updated. Not just to throw people out of school or college and hope for the best. What they should do is go straight from school into a job. cut out the college, save money, and mainly because you don't need it. whats the point? how many people go to college and come out with the job that they are training for? I tried looking up the percentage but I couldn't find it, but I would imagine that it is not very high, maybe 20 percent? thanks for reading and I am glad you agree, thanks


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carol3san 4 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Thanks Nell. I can see that you took a lot of time in putting out this information. It is very much appreciated. Every one will be on more of an equal footing and will stand a better chance to succeed in life if things could ever be the way it should be. Of course I voted you up.


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Thought provoking... schools have come a long way from the initial concept, which was to creat a standard of education for factory workers.

Personally, I hated school and I was a rotten student who caused most teachers to question their choice of career.

It would be fantastic if schools would incorporate 'learning styles' and have more hands-on interaction that promoted expansion rather than uniformity. Voted up and useful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, carol, wouldn't it be great? we are a modern society, the schooling is so old fashioned, maybe its time for a complete change, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

School reform... Teachers roll their eyes. They hear it everyday. As a former high school administrator, they key must be in the teacher's "buy-in." When the teachers close their doors to their classroom, they do what they want to do... despite being told otherwise.

Since most of us have at least three careers... Asking children to select their "career" perhaps would limit their body of knowledge...

As you know, education is a tool. If students are taught how to be problem solvers, their lives would be enriched.

Most of what students learn in school becomes outdated... Their problem solving skills are life-long tools...

Notwithstanding our present challenges, we still are the nation where people 'across the sea' send their children to our universities... We still have a strong economy, among the best in the world - notwithstanding our "slump."

One thing that has always concerned me is in general - education does not attract our brightest, risk-takers. Education attracts peoiple who seek security, maintain the status que and 'in-the-box' thinking... They are not innovators.

If we paid our smartest, most dynamic teachers a comparable salary with a bonus for excellence, get rid of the unions... can you imagine the possiblilities?

Who says schools should be 9 months a year? Who says schools should be 5 days per week?

Our learning environment is where we learn. It may be beneath a tree. Fancy classrooms, or the best computers do not create a learning environment.

The teacher is the single most imporant element in the process of preparing students for the future..

There, I feel better!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Nell, your suggestions are GREAT! In the U.S., educating for one's unique abilities is already done...if that child is deemed "Gifted". To remain challenged and therefore interested in being at school, Gifteds are allowed to study whatever excites them. Their teachers don't so much "teach" as "mentor", and (I venture) learn as much as their pupils in the process.

Such a system would greatly benefit ALL students, regardless of IQ. Rather than "teach to the test" and adhere to a set curriculum, why not let kids study what excites them? And why wait until age 14 or 15? Why not start in kindergarten (aside from the basics - "reading, writing and 'rithmatic")? Learning should be FUN, not 7 hours of daily torture - or boredom - for 12 years (or more).

'Find a job that suits you and you'll never work a day in your life [because it'll never feel like "work"]' is so true, and is precisely what schools should be geared toward.

The U.S. military uses *aptitude tests* to find what field a new recruit is best suited for. We should be using some version of this in elementary and high schools. Rather than force kids to study subjects they have no interest in and will never use in a chosen career, test for what DOES interest each child and they WILL use as adults.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lux, yes I agree, I think instead of this continuing same old same old, so to speak, they should definitely change it somehow. it just seems to me that we open the doors, push them out and let them hope for the best. How many of us now we are older would have liked to do a fulfilling job? I know I would, which ever way they change, it should be done somehow, thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, dallas, I totally agree, teachers are held back by so many rules and regulations. I remember when I was at school we had some really good teachers who made me want to go out and take that subject up for a living. On the other hand we also had some appalling ones. I remember one teacher who just wrote on the blackboard! never spoke, never interacted etc, we managed to complain and we got her replaced. Teachers are the leaders of the future generations, therefore they should be able to teach in whatever way they feel best, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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