Since I was a kid, I never really agreed with our schooling system.
I mean, conceptually, it sounds like a great idea... This environment where students are being curated into the best and brightest minds of tomorrow.
However, I remember school being an environment where self-development was not praised, but rather, demonized and mocked.
The students were quick to form their own currency for status amongst each other, and for some, it can be a very hostile environment.
The teachers ( god bless their souls ) did their best to re-iterate the mandated curriculum to the students and represent the school well,
but for some reason the percentage of kids dealing with mental health issues, addiction issues, etc... seems to be rising ...
Clearly there is a disconnect somewhere.
Then it dawned on me, one day as I found myself in a slight "existential crisis"...
I don't understand anything about my taxes, I'm not educated on my credit report and the system the bureau's use... all skills that I would actually find myself needing shortly after school.
As a matter of fact, I had to look in the mirror and be honest with myself and realize; I don't know anything about money, taxes, insurance, mortgages, real estate, investing, relationships,
I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MYSELF
One thing I do know, however, is that THE MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL. LOL.
All jokes aside, when I brought this up to a friend of mine who has a passion for teaching kids, seriously...
she is the best kindergarten teacher on planet earth, she said "well, lot's of the things you mentioned are things the kids should be learning at home".
A good point...
But today, in a society where typically both parents have to work 40 hours, and a divorce rate of roughly 60% in my hometown, a lot of these "lessons" were not and are not being learned at home.
The more I thought about it... The more it started to really bother me..
A lot of the kids finishing school now, still have the drunken optimism of thinking the world has just been patiently waiting for them to accept their slice of the pie.
As if today's society has a generous 9-5 starting at 75K with amazing benefits, tucked away and waiting for you to humbly accept.
I don't believe this to be the case.
In fact, I think we are due to see the most drastic societal change of our lifetime's - beginning with the latest pandemic.
Yet our students, are still chanting information from over 40 years ago... While lacking a healthy family structure at home ...
and being brought up in an environment that isn't always conducive to personal development.
What would the world look like today if our kids were taught about:
Meditation: How to listen to yourself, HOW TO MEET YOURSELF
Self Respect: Self love, Service to the community, Service to others
Communication: Love languages, leadership, negotiation
Self Confidence: How to become confident and why it's important
Importance of giving back: Teaching them about the importance of helping other people.
Money: How it works, how to get it, what to do with it
Marriage: How it works, how to do it properly, why it's important
Taxes: How they work, How to file, Different filing options
Banking: Credit, Investing, Finance Management
HMMM... KIND OF MAKES YOU START TO WONDER
I've brought it up to some of my friends and I've heard a very common response - "if people wanted to learn about that stuff they would gone to school for it or at least they have youtube".
And yes, I will agree that everybody has access to information now with the internet.... The logic is sound..
BUT WE ARE EMOTIONAL CREATURES, NOT LOGICAL ONES.
Most people would agree that health is important ... yet we still see a concerning population of people who smoke, who are obese, who don't practice strength or exercise AT ALL..
Logically, this shouldn't be happening.
Most people would agree that family is important ...
yet we still see a concerning population of people who cheat on their spouses, run-away from their children, or even physically strike their spouse.. Logically, this does not make sense.
Most people would agree that saving money to get ahead is important... yet we still see a concerning population of people who are in the same spot now that they were in 10 years ago...
A logical person would never even imagine such a thing.
...You get my point.
THE WAY WE DO THINGS NOW ISN'T NECESSARILY RIGHT
To think, I live in one of the most "advanced countries" in the world,
with the "most respected schooling system" where people from countries all over the world are willing to pay an arm and a leg just to attend...
Yet an overwhelming number of my peers are still lacking direction, and have not had the experience we were told we should be having, however many years ago... I turn 28 this year.
I was inspired to write this article because I agree that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow,
and I truly believe that they will be the ones to raise the bar from where it has been placed.
The fate of humanity literally lies in their hands, and here we are so blinded by our own struggles to truly see they may need more from us, as a community.
I believe that it's only right of us, as a society, to realize that there's an issue going on with our kids, and rectify it immediately.
The schooling system is so old, I would love to see the way we approach education and the way we approach our children step away from WHAT TO THINK and move closer to HOW TO THINK.
We should be giving them the ALL the tools they will need when they enter the next chapter of their lives... We can at least try.
I acknowledge I am not a scholar, nor a child psychologist, nor a philosopher.
I acknowledge I have never worked a day in the world of our educators, and realize I probably have a massive mis-understanding of the true reason and intention behind everything.
But I have walked in the shoes of a student in the "western world", I have walked in the shoes of a young student going into post-secondary, I have walked in the shoes of a working employee,
and now walking in the shoes as an entrepreneur with 2 children, and have lived to tell the tale...
In my honest opinion if students graduated high school with a rough draft of their core values, a deep level of love and respect for self and others, and a mindset of discipline/consistency ...
The possibilities would be endless.
They are the minds of tomorrow, which makes us the leaders of today.
If anything is going to happen, it's only going to be because the good people to your left and to your right, knew better and did something about it.
Change doesn't always happen fast. And where things are at today, we as a society, need to stop outsourcing our parenting job to the teachers who are being grossly underpaid.
It's our job to first learn about ourself, to learn how to be confident, to respect ourselves and others, to learn about taxes, mortgages, investing... and than it is also our job, TO TEACH.
It's our job to show these kids how a Man/Woman is supposed to behave in any environment, what hard work actually looks like, how to communicate what you want, and methods of conflict resolution.
IT'S OUR JOB TO SHOW THESE KIDS HOW TO CHASE THEIR DREAM
It's our job to show the minds of tomorrow that it's possible, that you can be so much bigger, and become so much better, than every society that walked this earth before you.
And it is us, the leaders of today, the people of now,
who should be the first ones to fight for a change in the future - and the fact that we aren't doing that tells me that either we are still lacking leadership, or we are just thinking too small.
The youth of today deserve a much better example.