Today’s young adults need a skill set that is different from that needed when public schools in America were being founded. Our next generation will, for the most part, not work on the farm or in the factory. The traditional hierarchy of organizations has shifted to a flatter structure. Less supervision, more autonomy, more collaboration, and less predictability mean that today’s students (tomorrow’s workers) will need to be independent problem-solvers in order to succeed at their jobs.
These changes mean that the traditional concept of “job” is changing. Flexible work assignments and less dependence on formal job descriptions mean that the tasks you perform one day may be very different from the tasks you perform the next. I have certainly experienced this in my career. Employees are also increasingly responsible for developing their own skills, because many companies provide less workplace training. Today, they will often hire or sub-contract for the talent and skills needed for a particular project or task.
Isn’t the role of a parent to prepare their children to be a self-sufficient productive citizen and to take on a valuable role in society? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way of providing these skills early in life. UTTIA’s focus on this model of education is unique and exciting. These students will be well prepared for their future. I’m convinced that when the first class finishes their high school education, employers are going to be competing with universities to recruit them. 2019 is going to be a very interesting year. You can “mark my words” on that.
I’ve come to realize in the last decade or so that everyone has trouble in their life.
Some people wear their trouble on their sleeve for all to see. You probably don’t have too many people like this in your life. Unless they are a close blood relation, you have probably protectively distanced yourself from them. Who want’s trouble? You have enough of your own. Continue reading →
Knowledge is one thing, but being able to apply what you know to everyday life challenges is a better definition of being literate in a subject. This is why standardized testing is such a poor indicator of how well our educational system is working. More than knowing how to read a book or complete a math worksheet, being literate in reading and math could mean being able to understand a technical manual, or adjust a recipe to feed the whole scout troop. Continue reading →
"Ditch The Kit". For years, disaster prepper companies have hawked kits designed to help you "prepare" to survive for three days or more after a disaster. For the past twenty years, I've looked on in amusement at the ads selling peace of mind in a bag. The recent fallout from Superstorm Sandy, along with the announced demise of the Twinkies, got my bloggin' juices flowing, especially as it relates to disaster preparation and response efforts.
I'm pretty new to this whole blogging thing, but I just found this article from a kindred spirit whom I've never even met. It says a lot of things I agree with, like the importance of being prepared to take care of your family for a few days on your own, and the joy of getting out on the trail to enjoy nature and refocus your priorities.
Enjoy the read.
Did your mother tell you? I’m sure she did. ”Always wear clean underwear when you go out, in case you’re in an accident and have to go to the hospital.” She may have been right sometimes, but not about this. Not that there is anything wrong with clean underwear, don’t get me wrong. But if you’re hurt badly enough in an accident that your pants are coming off, your underwear will fall to the shears as well, and you’ll have other things to worry about.
Here’s my update on the whole issue: “Always go to bed in clean dry socks and underwear.”
You’ll sleep much better,
You won’t have to worry as much about slipping into your cold boots for that middle of the night sprint to the kybo,
You won’t have to put on cold underwear in the morning.
It’s easier to build a quality product if you don’t try to do it halfway.
A coworker pointed this out while we were remodeling. He said “You’ll never get that sheetrock to match if you only replace what HAS to be replaced. Tear it all off, back to the corner, and replace it. Then when you finish and paint the wall, it will look like it’s always been part of the whole.”
I’m still learning this, but it seems to hold most of the time. In a remodeling project, it is easier to do all of the tear-out first, then rebuild from the structure outward. That’s how they do it on all those HGTV shows, and it looks pretty easy for them, right?
Like most of the posts on my site, I think this wisdom holds true across other facets of life, bad habits, relationships, education, and of course, plumbing!