Hi, this is David Demars: The focus of this section is to look at some of the ways our children can thrive and prosper in the world of the near future and future.
I’m from the USA and will use examples of things I think need to change in my home country, but many of these ideas will work elsewhere as well.
One of the first areas I would like to address is education. In the United States of America we have become so consumed with our children getting a college education that we have forgotten that many will not be able to get jobs when they graduate. I see it all the time. College grads waiting tables or working in retail for $10 per hour. Most spent $100 to $200 thousand and more for their education. Many will be paying off this bill for the next 20 or more years.
In our past it was an honor to be an artisan with some area of expertise. Many of our children would be better off getting blue collar skills where the pay rate is relatively good. Most blue collar jobs pay $20 to $50 per hour depending on your trade skill. These areas already have great demand.
So what’s the answer?
I believe we need a universal guidance counselling system in our high schools. Students need to have their wants in life matched with their aptitude. In other words they need to be pushed more to consider what they want their lives to be about. With this kind of information to work with guidance counselors could help students design individual programs for each student that focus on what the student wants to do and what their aptitude for doing it is.
Having said this most