Thank you for your reply, Scott, I appreciate it.
It has reminded me that there are inequities everywhere. There probably will be for a long time yet.
**heads up *** this thought has taken me on a tangent. Thanks for bearing with me if you read this and apologies if I sound like I am ranting or this wasn’t the right place to spew it out from my mind…. I just want the best opportunities for ALL kids all over the world too.
While we don’t have 50 states in Australia, we do have 6 states and 2 territories which each contain regions and suburbs (districts) in each. As well as different types of systems and schools. From independent, to private, to public to home school etc.
There are probably endless systems in place everywhere we don’t align with.
Is this thought enough to take our education and life into our own hands more? A responsibility to seek alternatives outside of the system?
I understand this isn’t always possible and it can be challenging to try. Again there are differences in circumstances that would come into play here. Fear is a big part of straying from the norm. It’s been programmed into us as since we were cave men.. survival mode is our default mode to keep us safe… to not stray from the pack.
Instead of trying to standardise a system, maybe we could ask a different question like what can we do to make students rise above the limitations of them? Empower them to actively contribute to their education and future.
Defining success is subjective not something that can be standardised. To me, success is having the freedom to consciously choose how I spend my day to another it may be a big house or a 6 figure income or some letters after their name or having 2.5 kids or a spouse who is a model. No definition is better than the other. Just different.
Could a better way to prepare our children for the global economy be to let them work out for themselves how THEY define success.
Discover for themselves how they can best contribute to the world.
What is their vision for a perfect life?
What do they need to do to support that vision?
Are they willing to put in the work to get there?
Can they be happy in the process and be ok if they don’t reach their original golden chalice outcome?
Will they be able to be a bounce-back when life doesn’t meet their expectations.
Yes, learning standard subjects is important. Being able to communicate at a level across the globe is important. Introducing them to a variety of subjects can help to find their path to success is important … but there shouldn’t be a single road or script that equals success and happiness.
That path needs to have some active input from the kids themselves.
Support and guide them so they can reach their idea of success vs what a system defines a success path to be.
I know there are inequalities in education. In systems. In life. Everywhere.
I am grateful you have bought them into the light the need to be in. Given a platform for a discussion. To gather lots of different perspectives and experiences and think them all through.
A deep dive into the education system is desperately needed not just to right inequalities, but also to look at what we are trying to achieve with education in the first place.
Education is important. Education has a big impact on a persons life. This is why I believe children need greater consciousness of the choice they have their own educational paths.
It may prevent a lot of stress and wasted energy for some later in life when they realise they have been unconsciously living a life a system prescribed them. That final thought is coming purely from personal perspective… seems I still have some personal issues to work through there to take the “charge” out of my thinking on the subject!!
Thanks for being you.