WHAT THE FUTURE SAYS: DO SCHOOLS REALLY PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE OR THE PAST?

That schools claim to prepare students for the future is one of worst offence in history.


I find it stupid no!! Foolish multiplied by the cube root of ironic that schools claim they prepare students for the future using the methods of the past. With evidence staring at us, I must ask. Does using the old way of teaching really prepare students for the future or the past? I mean does using the 19th century curriculum really prepare students for the 21st century?

And nothing saddens me more than getting to know that most schools still teach students laws and theories that were discovered long enough and have been proved wrong by modern day scientists. Yet, students must state these invalid laws in their exams in order to get an A.

Listen to a conversation between a teacher, a parent and a student.

Teacher: Your child is a failure. He is barely passing my tests and with low grades like this, I am just not sure what kind of future he’s gonna have.

Parent: Listen to your teacher, what is wrong with you? You are supposed to graduate this year but with your low grades, what kind of future do you think you gonna have?

Now, if for any reason I would react to this conversation, it is definitely because of the word “FUTURE”

I think this should be the motto of every school that is truly concerned about the future of students. “While grades may be 70% of your exams, they are zero percent of your future”

The world is fast developing faster than we can imagine and we need students who can think innovatively, creatively, independently, with the resilience to adapt. In essence, having more degrees than a thermometer is basically of no use in the 21st century. The question is what can you offer based on what you have been offered through personal growth and development?

In the future, most careers will become automated so the people who succeed will be curious, creative, and innovative. But the focus of schools is to regurgitate information. In the future, people will be hired because of what they can do with their knowledge. Nobody will be hired because of what they know because who cares what facts and data you have memorized. People can use Google and other search engines to get what they want even before you reach your textbook. Can you solve real world problems using creative means and not just follow instructions and guidelines bubbling in multiple choice questions? Little wonder we have so many graduates but few solutions to real word issues.

The brutal truth is that if schools continue this way, most teachers will find students graduating right into the unemployment line. You don’t believe me?? Don’t take my words for it but maybe you will believe the 1500 executives that recently said CREATIVITY is the most important leadership skill.
Billionaire founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, said we shouldn’t compete with Artificial Intelligence instead, we should focus on developing human unique intelligence.

Google has been quoted as saying GPA’s are worthless criteria for hiring.

Founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, agrees when he said you don’t need a college degree not even an high school diploma to work at TESLA.

Now, let’s assume Bill gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and I, whose doctorate degrees are more than a thermometer, apply for a post, who would you employ? You will definitely pick these people even though they were once dropouts because of the influence they will have on your company.

And what has even called for concern is the future of jobs. In few years, automation will take the place of most jobs and only the creative, resilient and curious ones would be able to match up with the concept.
Forbes magazine reports that Tech Experts have predicted that these jobs will be automated by 2030. As a matter of fact, let’s hear directly from the experts.
• Banking services
Jobs roles such as bank tellers and cashiers will be completely automated. Current self-service options such as ATMs and checkout kiosks will make this a natural progression. These job roles also require very little problem-solving, creativity or people-management skills, which are parts of the nuanced skill set that will be in demand and required in the future of work. – Marlyne Pierce, Modern Mogul Ventures

• Warehouse And Manufacturing Jobs
Repeatable task-based jobs are likely to be the first to be automated. AI excels at pattern recognition, performing sequenced tasks faster and with higher accuracy than human workers. Warehouse workers and other manufacturing-based jobs will be automated as robots will be able to move inventory with greater efficiency and with fewer safety concerns than humans. – Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media LLC

• Fast Food Service
The next decade will see complete automation of front-line fast food service production and distribution. We are already seeing sophisticated self-service kiosks within many fast food chains, whereby ordering food is as easy as a few touches on a screen. Many of the locations will be automated via robot-enabled artificial intelligence with perhaps one or two humans to oversee the entire facility. – Todd Rebner, Cyleron

And this is more interesting:

• Delivery Services
Automation is best when it is a repetitive action. Restaurants already use automation to dispense your soda in the drive-through or fry up a batch of fries when more are needed. I see package delivery being automated at some point. Drones are already being tested to deliver packages—why not a self-driving truck with a drone to drop the package off at the door? – Michael Hoyt, Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.


Finally, this goes a long way..

• Any Tasks That Can Be Learned
Within the next 10 years, tasks that can be learned will be automated. The focus for most engineers at the moment is advancing the Level of Automation (LOA) across the board to more advanced applications in industry. The way we will realize these advancements is by building systems that can learn things they need to automate on their own, and within the next 10 years, this should be the reality. – Vijay Bolina, Global FinTech

Don’t quote me as saying you shouldn’t aspire to be a secretary or a personal assistant to the richest in the world. But would you still employ anyone if you can purchase “Alexa” on Amazon that can replicate the duties of a secretary? While your secretary may overcharge you, be exhausted, or subjected to poor health conditions, you only need to maintain your device which cannot only be used at home but anywhere that meets its standards of operation.

In the future, automation will take a substantial portion of jobs and the rest will be available not to those that have accumulated so many degrees without creativity but to the creative ones.
My point? Automation of jobs may, at some point, not lead to the disappearance of those jobs. But then, it will bring about the development of soft skills with an overall assessment of curiosity, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication and then, replace the hard skills.

Fun fact: Technology can not replace these soft skills (at least not yet). Machines can’t compete with creativity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence.
An influencer said few days ago “Companies can teach hard skills. But it’s hard to create a curriculum for soft skills which is why it’s up to you to build them.”

If you must be on the top-notch jobs in years to come, it is up to you to build those soft skills.

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