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Abraham Kim
Posted almost 2 years ago
Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?
Thanks for your response as you made some great points. Education has this problem of evaluating schools with numbers. This drives the wrong kind of pressures on staff and teachers to focus on the subjects that can be systematized the most. This meaning science and math and reading. This is where coming out secure but failing makes sense. The tests don't measure how successful the student is going to be in real life. Sir Ken also mentions that education formed during the same time for everyone which was during the industrial revolution. Education was meant to create good workers and not good thinkers. I also blame how competitive teachers and schools make it. This carries on to the bullying and social anxiety in teenagers.
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Abraham Kim
Posted almost 2 years ago
Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?
After reading all of your comments (Which were all quite excellent) I have come to a conclusion based upon them. Since we live in a society that makes tasks outsourced and specialized, it lowers the initiative to learn the skills mentioned above because you can ultimately pay a professional to do it. In addition, with the economic boom in the 90's, parents in that era experienced a surplus age where the money they earned and saved because of the great depression values instilled upon them when they were children, turned into high returns on investments. This has made our generation lack the lessons of saving or interest rates. First Generation children have no advantage either since our parents are going through the same mortgage-high interest rate debt that the students are experience with college loans. This leads us to consumerism, which values the common person based upon his possessions rather than his character or his occupation. Instead of asking students "what do you want to do for the rest of your life" it should be "how would you want to make money for the rest of your life." Of course this is wrong because it's killing the curiosity that students need in order to pursue higher knowledge. We have reached a point in our humanity where knowledge is the not considered the most powerful but rather currency. Flexibility doesn't help either. Since specialized occupations are being made up everyday, we can no longer simply choose one by "trying them out" since there's just too many. This scares students because of the possibility of missing out. I believe the problem exists from the time and place where are in. Education and parenting hasn't been adjusted to the new technology and service market this country is transforming into. Consumerism is killing our children's curiosity where they value an Xbox higher than a book. This is why kids are dropping out of high school and just working straight from there because they believe making money is a higher priority.
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Abraham Kim
Posted almost 2 years ago
Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?
Thanks Mary! And thanks for all the feedback you guys! After reading ALL the comments, I came to the conclusion that there is indeed, a problem. Whether it's trough society, culture, or education, we all seem to be attempting to finding the culprit of this conflict. However I found it wise through TED Friend's Comment that we should look at our history. Simply taking the concept of how previous generous were raised back then, can tell how they are parenting now. There is a lot of logic behind his comment so go take a look. Now I want to start reading some solutions to this problem. We've identified it as the lack of self identity or incentive to learn. Or even be lazy in some terms to the point where it affects our ego and become spoiled. (I'm talking young adults to adults?)
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Abraham Kim
Posted almost 2 years ago
Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?
Thanks Randy for your response. You bring up some pretty good points. I agree that there is a lack of connection between the working world and the education system. Which brings me to my point of confidence. It's more of the confidence of determining a life track. Not overall confidence necessarily. Where does this cluelessness come from? How can we promote those 16 year olds to start considering a career? When I was 16, I was mostly concerned about my SAT scores and my junior prom. I was close minded because I never considered my future goals which stemmed from my lack of self confidence to determine my OWN will as oppose to my parents. There is no argument that we're distracted. But there still lies the problem of a huge chunk of young adults that are unable to do what should be done and that is to decide for themselves. Not a guidance counselor or parents.