7 Foundations for Preparing your Child to be Life Ready
- November 22, 2017
- Posted by: nahda-academy
- Category: Uncategorized
In light of the fast progress of technology advancements, no one can precisely predict what the world would be like within the coming twenty or thirty years, nor predicting what lifestyles and job opportunities would be then. But we are the ones raising the generation of this epoch; that is why every parent tries to support their children by providing them with the best educational opportunities so they would be prepared to face life challenges in the future. So, what are the best educational models and approaches necessary for meeting future challenges to be life ready?
Intellectuals in the fields of education and economics differ, as to the intellectual approaches and educational specialisations that will be adopted in the future. But they agree on a number of foundations and skills students should learn, because they form the basis for building a balanced personality and preparing students for work in the future. These foundations are:
1) Love of knowledge and Passion for Learning:
Passion for learning is always the ultimate aid in keeping up with the developments and changes in an energetic and renewable way. A successful person is someone who continuously progresses, and this cannot be achieved by an external pressure but is somewhat due to an internal motivation called passion for learning. Therefore, teaching students to love knowledge is the first and most crucial step towards successful education.
2) Research and Thinking Skills:
Despite the fact that the majority of people specialised in education throughout the world are convinced of the failure of the old indoctrination system, many of them have not yet applied the modern method of developing research and thinking skills. Nor have implemented it correctly despite its importance and the significance of promoting it at an early stage. In fact, instilling this way in young students enables them to see the world and assimilate its new developments in a logical sequence of thought, and find the information that arouses their curiosity in a scientific and balanced way.
3) Respecting and Understanding Others:
Training young students to understand other people’s backgrounds, lifestyles and behaviours and to recognise different points of views will have meaningful effects on their psychological health and their creative thinking in the future. When the child learns how to understand and appreciate their colleagues, they will not get mad at them whenever their opinions differ from them, and later they will be trained to deal with their peers at work and will be more ready than other people to understand the needs of their family, clients and society.
4) Communicating with Others:
When students learn to express their thoughts in a precise, confident and fearless way, whether this expression is oral, in writing or presentations, this will form a strong and essential foundation in any era. Confrontational communication skills during times of stress and when stakes are high are strong abilities in life and at workplace environments.
5) Diverse Experiences and Skills:
Students enrollment in elective programs and courses that are not part of the curriculum in addition to the involvement in new experiences inside or outside school would have a significant effect on developing diverse qualities and skills. This would speed up their personal and practical maturity and contribute to their development in a better and faster way in the future.
6) Setting Visions and Goals:
It might be difficult for young students to set big goals, like for example having a vision for their future; however, most of the people who achieved success had a definite idea for what they wanted since their childhood. Here comes the role of schools that understand their educational role in building the future of students; they should teach them how to set their small goals and how to achieve them, and then encourage them to set bigger goals and visions for the future.
7) Adaptation and Creativity:
Things do not go smoothly all the time. In life, there are easy times and hard times that require endurance, adjustment with variables and exertion to get out of trouble by using creative solutions. Therefore, it is good to train students since their childhood to have endurance and creativity, and to find smart solutions during hard times.
These are seven foundation skills agreed upon by a number of experts that summarise what students need in the near and distant future to face future life challenges, achieve success and be life ready.