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Nekruz Ismoilov

President & CEO, NeksNuts, Inc.

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How do you think we can motivate young people to perceived and purposeful studying?

On the one hand, the flow of information nowadays is incredibly huge: you can choke on the TV programs, websites, newspapers and books. However, the most of these information flows are "yellow", useless and even worse - destructive. Tajikistan is a small country in Central Asia with a population of 7,000,000 people (2011).

Youth in Tajikistan in the 21st century has not enough useful and necessary information for the successful start in the life. After finishing a high school, most young people do not know what they can do. They have no idea what their lives devote to. At the same time the top for the most of the teenagers is to find a job in Russia. Making money in Russia became the main goal in youth’s and adults’ life. Children have no longer an enthusiasm to study at school and students remain at the Universities only "for parents".

- How do you think we can motivate young people to perceived and purposeful studying?
- How to start their internal "engine" for the acceleration to a successful life?
- What methods would be offered the Ministry of Education by you to implement into the system of education?

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  • Jul 7 2012: One of the questions you ask is "how we can motivate young people...". But we can't. We can show them the door to education, but it is up to them to open it.

    How do we spark their interest and curiosity? By letting them decide for themselves. Consider a liberal arts-based school system. Students will still have general requirements, but there should be more free realm to explore interests. School should help establish knowledge about the world as well as help give students an idea of what subject(s) they want to immerse themselves in. They can reevaluate themselves over again many times and jump subjects, or stay with a single area. Either way would help the student drastically, to become well rounded and skilled, choosing for themselves what to engage in.

    "Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey.

    A big challenge in this is overcoming the values that have been deeply ingrained within us, the social pressures, of how we react to certain disciplines. Just as Ken stated in his video, there is a hierarchy, with arts at the bottom. Even if we did incorporate such a system, those values will still be expressed, and kids will still be socially pressured, especially if they are interested in a discipline lower down in the hierarchy.

    What we should strive for in our education is for a broadened mind that balances practicality, academic knowledge, technical ability, and we should be able to grasp other perspectives and ways to attack the same issue; "to be able to entertain a thought without [necessarily] accepting it." - Aristotle.

    Here is an interesting video to consider--"The surprising truth about what motivates us": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_kYOLaHA9g

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