Parenting with Positivism : Issue 25

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AUGUST 2016 . VOLUME 25 . ISSUE 25 Tips for raising your superstar with common-sense and Love
Are you ready for the “Future Skills 2020” for your children?

Ken Robinson puts it this way in his wildly popular TED Talk, “Do schools kill creativity?”

So you were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid, things you liked, on the grounds that you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you won’t be an artist. Benign advice — now, profoundly mistaken. The whole world is engulfed in a revolution

The workforce will look different when our children enter it. In fact, it likely will look different before many of them enter it.

We can’t keep teaching(both as parents and teachers) as if the world is static and will always look like it did for us.

There are certain skills that are timeless, that we can help children develop that will serve them no matter what the future will look like. These skills can help children become “future ready” (whatever that really means).

Here are 10 ways we can help children prepare for the workforce of the future
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Give children as much control of their learning as we can. If the workforce is shifting constantly, children will need to be able to learn on their own. We can empower them to find what they need when they need it. We can help them tailor their education to what works for them so they’ll know how to do it later.

Help children become adept at learning new tools. Not long ago, many schools focused on teaching children Microsoft Office. It was the gold standard of digital productivity and a necessary tool to use. As the world changes, more and more options will exist for getting things done. We can help children know how to learn new tools instead of just teaching them the ones that are useful now. That skill will endure.

. Encourage children to give it a shot. In the past, your standing in the workforce was a bit more concrete. Workers often stuck with the same job their entire working lives. Current data suggests that that’s changing, that workers will stay in jobs on average for 4.4 years and will change jobs more than 10 times. Getting and keeping jobs is going to require some innovative thinking. We can encourage children to try new things whether they’re completely sure it’ll work out or not.
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Give children opportunities to be creative. If these new jobs are appearing out of nowhere, someone has to dream them up. Creativity is a skill that we can help children develop. Plus, it’s a skill that’s increasingly necessary where more cognitively complex jobs are in demand. We can let children flex their creativity muscles in their work in our classes.

Put children in situations where they must communicate. New ideas and concepts are becoming more and more valuable in the world. Ideas are only as good as the way you explain them to others. Communication is a skill that has served people throughout the ages. It’s also one that needs more focus as text messaging and social media has made it less face-to-face and often more shallow. We can give children opportunities to become good communicators in many different types of communication.

Connect children globally. The digital communication mentioned above makes virtually anyone around the world accessible. Pulling in ideas and working together with people around our cities, states, countries and beyond isn’t just possible — it’s easy now. We can put children in touch with people with different viewpoints, perspectives and experiences. And we can show them how to make those connections themselves.
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Help children think of adding value. Really, one of the most important skills one can bring to the workforce is the ability to add value to a company, a client or a community. Adding value can take many shapes. We can help children take the mindset of finding creative ways to help. They’ll find new ways to become valuable to their employers (even if that employer is themselves!).

Encourage children to find their own place in the world. Many entrepreneurship experts say that it’s never been easier to start a business. Anyone can establish a voice in an industry, develop a platform for getting that message out, and create his/her authority. The web, social media and communication tools can help children do whatever they can imagine when they reach the workforce. We can help children develop a broader view of what’s possible to earn a living by encouraging them to make their own way.

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Put children in a position where they must think on their feet. Quick thinking and adapting on the fly are skills that aren’t going away. Those are skills that can be developed, too. They’re not innate gifts. We can help children practice coming up with good ideas on the spot so they’re better at it when they leave school.

Help children think about novelty. New ideas are currency, especially when they’re acted upon and carried out. However, you don’t need a brand new idea that no one has ever thought of. Often, a new spin on an old idea has value, and so does an old idea with its focus in a different place. We can help children practice generating new ideas or new versions of old ideas so they’ll be able to create new products, practices or jobs later.

Parent – Speak

Our children’s success and achievements makes our day, isn’t it? Let’s work together to help children prepare for the workforce of the future. Share various strategies that helped your child acquire those skills, required to face the future with confidence. We’ll feature it on all online platforms!

Write in to us at [email protected] and we will publish them on our website! We will be waiting to hear from you!