It is Time!!

Tomorrow is the first day of school, and although I may not feel quite the excitement I did when I was a kid, I am glad to be starting back.  Although I sometimes get frustrated with our educational system, I am proud and grateful to work in America and have the chance to help educate today’s students.

As students start back to school, I hope parents, teachers and administrators will take a few moments to reflect upon what our students need to know to be successful in today’s world.  Maybe we can start by asking those in the business world what they think our graduates need to know.  This was done in the early nineties by the Department of Labor and published in the SCAN’s Report.  Maybe it is time to update the information and begin implementing the findings in the classrooms around the nation.

Guy Kawasaki posted along a similar vein about the Ten Things to Learn in School This Year (thanks to Wesley Fryer for the link).

Guy’s list includes –

  • How to talk to your boss
  • How to survive a meeting that is poorly run
  • How to run a meeting
  • How to figure out anything on your own
  • How to negotiate
  • How to have a conversation
  • How to explain things in 30 seconds
  • How to write a one-page report
  • How to write a five sentence e-mail
  • How to get along with co-workers
  • How to use PowerPoint
  • How to leave a voicemail

So, how many of the skills listed above are covered in your curriculum?  How many of the skills in the SCANS report are present in your lessons?

I also enjoyed this quote from Guy, “One last thing: the purpose of going to school is not to prepare for working but to prepare for living. Working is a part of living, and it requires these kinds of skills no matter what career you pursue.” 

When was the last time you solved an algebraic equation or discussed the elements of a story?  What about the last time you had a conversation or solved a problem?  It is something to think about.

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