April 6, 2020 Education makes the world a new place

“Lost” Young generation

This is a broad, but inaccurate, generalization to say that many young people lack the sense of responsibility and need for self-sufficiency at this time. This is my view is caused by, among other reasons, a generous welfare state that can lead to interdependence in families across generations. We are then confronted with young people without motivation who actually choose rational choices based on what they observe around them from lacking employment to achieve payments comparable to the working population. The solution here must be of the “stick” variety rather than “carrot”. The first is needed to stem the spread of the problem; carrots are used to treat common symptoms.

"Lost" Young generation

To Pursue Work that We Hope to Enjoy and a Natural Interest in

For the welfare of individuals and society as a whole, it is in the collective and selfish interests of each of us to pursue work that we hope to enjoy and have a natural interest in. This is the ideal goal that most working adults may not relate to when they go to work every morning but it is the ideal that must be targeted through increased exposure. Students and young people can only identify what they enjoy based on what they encounter. The education system must be able to expose them to ideas outside their usual comfort zones. This can be in the form of exposure to work, language, culture, but also the work environment, social work, community involvement, etc. The aim here is to also provide a bite of reality by subjecting them to the real-world idea that actions have consequences and that there is adult pressure to be prepared. If students see more, they identify the choices they naturally tend to and are self-motivated in pursuing this (the “carrot” approach).

Discusses Skills And Training The Softer Ones

Along with Sir Terry Leahy’s published statement about the education system that does not supply young people who can be employed, the latest articles in the FT (Employment for young people and Education system ‘business and labor failed’, 21 February) discusses skills and training the softer ones that young people lack from personal presentations, conversational skills, work ethics, etc.

How do young people get the idea that wearing a hoodie for a job interview is not right? To some extent, this is an observation of the generation gap. A growing trend over time is to adopt informality and the younger generation is naturally less formal and more relaxed than the older ones. But there is still a need (at least for now) for professionalism in the workplace. The stick approach will state that young people learn to do whatever is needed if they don’t pay the consequences because they are not obedient to unemployment and low income. Carrot approach means they are given experience while at school to become accustomed to and understand the concept of making themselves better as productive employees and workers.

A Social Problem

In the end, this is a social problem. The culture supported or created by the welfare state has contributed to its formation. Poor illiteracy and numeracy standards are more directly targeted by education, but softer skills and life training need to be a core part of the school experience. This is not about countries that take over and interfere in the affairs of the state (because we have them) to pay attention to overall welfare.

Some points that I want to see executed in general education that every student must pass:

1. Classes to manage personal finances

2. Mandatory community work

3. Shadow/experience compulsory work (paid or unpaid)

While attending University and further education is not compulsory for every student, getting a job and being independent is.