Do our schools prepare students to thrive in the modern world?
No, and I'm not sure they ever have. And is it their role to do that or does there exist a foundational element of learning and guidance that needs to come from parents and not the school environment?
Thrive? In what sense. Is the main focus on thriving to do with being a successful performer in a business sense? Is it measured by wealth?
Does a person know how to cope in the world socially? Is learning social skills the role of the school environment or via the parents and family?
It's a big topic and I'm sure you will get a lot of material for many hubs from it!!!
Obviously schools in general are failing. This is why half of all graduate students are from other countries. Americans are lucky if they even have the skills to get a BA. So they frequently cannot get admitted into a graduate program.
Yet the problem lies with the American culture. Parents in general do not value education. Often sports take priority over academic studies.
Values? I did not know Americans had any agreed-upon values anymore.
Speaking from Scotland and having left school almost ten years ago, I feel that schools here also fail to prepare you for the wider world. So much is focused on academia and the academic route. Even those whom are academic are not necessarily going to stay in education for one reason or another. Don't think schools covered enough, the world of work, how to seek jobs and standout in a crowded and competitive job market.
Social skills developed as much out of the classroom as in it, feel fortunate to be brought up in a more inclusive and non-gendered stereotyped school environment. Feel that, that modernity has made people of mine and subsequent generations more accepting and less judgemental of others. Feel myself veering off topic slightly. Feel that there was more room for adults to share personal experience at school about life, work, further education and so on. It can be very difficult to navigate things and worries may have been eased by being able to recall an individuals shared experience. I guess a question here, which personally I can relate. Do modern schools make their students too soft? Not such a product of schooling but it contributes, modern society has bred entitlement too. Encountered a fair few people who think that they are owed something and are not prepared to work for it. An expectation of instant results in this internet/technological age where you need wait for nothing.
no, schools teach students to count, spell, write, but never teach students how to survive in the modern world.
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