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James Kelly

Managing Director of TED Australia Pty Ltd., TED

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Students do not entirely understand WHY they are making choices for their futures. A method to overcome that awaits us..

Education systems were initially developed when society typically was comprised of an "A" nucleus family and hence those children who built our school's and the methods used to educate them were adequate.

At present, society is changing ever so fast and has done so at an alarming rate over the past 30 years that our concerns have been focused on the global health of our environment, the economies in which these environments operate and to a lesser degree the underlying health problems that we are dealt with as a result of these changes. It is fare to say that these issues are of concern but I dare ask what are we doing at the root of what makes up these societies, that being schools - both primary but more importantly secondary to help develop a world of informed and critically engaged members of a global community?

The education systems and methods that have been used to manage schools have become a factory to usher the cohorts of students through year after year so that society doesn't have guilt that they haven't given some option to a "better future" for the youth of tomorrow.

Why is it though that we cannot offer our students better guidance from later secondary years (10-12) to help them transition through to tertiary education more informed with the decisions they have made up until that point? How you may ask? Simple -

Provide in year 10 a 1 on 1 consultation with each student into their personal aspirations and ideas they have for their future endeavors. From that meeting create groups similar to that of faculties within Universities or trade school or Tafe to help provide that student with better ideas as to what it is that they will be doing for the rest of their lives once leaving school. Within these groups facilitate discussion on the roles and duties that those varying professions would entail. Combine varying work experience programs with this process

This will create - Better grades at uni & school, more engaged citizens & happier people


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  • Aug 7 2012: Apparently I went to a good high school. I had this kind of consultation at least once a year during high school, from 1963 to 1967.

    The consultations helped, but I was still a very mixed up kid.
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      Aug 8 2012: So in reflecting upon a consultation program that aided your decisions for future endeavours your able to say that it was effective and helped?

      In what ways did the program not cater towards those factors that contributed to you being a mixed up kid?
      • Aug 8 2012: At that time I was having issues of faith, identity, politics (Vietnam war) and I had no emotional center. I do not think any kind of counseling would have been adequate. Some things you just have to grow through. The consultations helped me to pick appropriate courses, but I do not think any kind of program could have addressed all of my issues.
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          Aug 8 2012: I respect that you had a lot going on.

          Do you think those issues may have been helped as you began to have more guidance for future endeavors? identity and faith may have been built by having greater knowledge into what it was that you were working towards. emotion can develop as you begin to find things that you feel more passionate about and therefor something your working towards could develop your emotional centre?
      • Aug 8 2012: Things are very different today, and today a guidance program would probably be very helpful.

        I am all grown up now.

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