The idea behind school is that it helps students prepare for the future. For example, it helps them understand the world including its challenges and opportunities. However, there is more to schooling than learning coursework materials. Here are 8 skills students must have for the future.
Recognizing one's feelings, labeling them appropriately, and then managing them are essential steps towards living a happy life. More specifically, these steps help students when it comes to making the right decision despite what they are feeling. Emotional intelligence includes recognizing other people’s feelings. Therefore, emotionally intelligent people deal with their emotions effectively while trying to help others deal with theirs. Encouraging this skill among students would help them deal with depression. Moreover, this skill helps them avoid negative ways of handling their emotions including drugs, overeating, or alcoholism.
The world has 196 countries, and the number of languages spoken is 6,500. Each nation has its set of values, and each dialect arose from a distinct culture. Differences within these countries and cultures exist as well. Tolerance is a critical skill for students in today’s world since their level of exposure to other systems and beliefs is unprecedented. For example, they will interact with more people from different backgrounds in a few decades than their parents did in their lifetime. Consequently, tolerance among students for such differences without adopting them is necessary.
Communicating with loved ones is easier today than it ever was in history. For example, students can talk to their parents or siblings through texts, calls, or video calls. They can send images to them as well. They can do these things through their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Regrettably, students are communicating less and less with their family members despite these improvements in telecommunication. Instead, they are focusing on memes, viral videos and in some cases, explicit content.
Opinion is shaping the minds of young people today instead of facts. Everyone is telling them what to think, believe, and do. Sadly, most of the individuals who are influencing them in such ways are doing it out of self-interest. Some of them want these students to join specific political movements or buy certain products. Some of them take advantage of impressionable minds so that they can exploit them financially or sexually. Teach your students to question everything they hear. Tell them that they should separate facts from personal opinions.
Teachers teach coursework material. That means education on other issues, systems, and values happen elsewhere. For example, think about the amount of information we broadcast in one year. This information is equivalent to each person worldwide reaching more than 174 newspapers every day. Who will teach students to process this information when they are living alone? Teach them to self-educate so that they can analyze what they read or hear.
Temptations are endless, and students will experience some of them in adulthood. These temptations include pornography, corruption, drugs, extravagance, and infidelity in marriage. Some students will succumb to their physical desires destroying their families, financial health, and business networks. However, instilling discipline in them today helps them avoid such outcomes in the future.
Students can throw a fit at home and still have a roof over their heads. They can be loners in school, and they will get by. However, life changes as soon as they become adults. In this environment, teamwork is critical. In most cases, they will not pick the members of their team. Instead, their bosses will do it for them. That means they have to work with whomever the boss chooses. More importantly, they have to do it successfully. Otherwise, their job would be on the line.
Coding is the engine that drives today’s world when it comes to innovation. It helps people break through social barriers so that they can achieve great heights of success through their technical expertise. Teaching your students these skills would help them feed themselves and their families. They will employ other people as well. That means they will contribute to the welfare of the society. Finally, they will use their talents exhaustively and adequately. For example, they will develop applications that will change the world forever such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
"Coding for kids should be introduced as young as possible. Not only does it teach skills that will be immediately relevant in tomorrow's job market, it helps strengthen skills in a number of corollary areas such as math, reading, spelling, and problem-solving. Later on it will help kids develop skills in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, data analysis, physics, and more." according to David Dodge, CEO of Codakid
Teaching involves more than helping students understand coursework material. Instead, a teacher’s role includes imparting skills in the students that will help them throughout their lives. Students will succeed in academics, but they will fail in life if they do not have these skills. Teach them to your students today.