Should we spend money on required preschool programs? No. They don’t work for one and two it kids aren’t going to be helped much by learning how to use glue and glitter a year a earlier.
What kids need is not an extra year of ‘development’ so they can be prepared to work in the 21st century. Every kid is prepared to work in whatever century they’ll live. What these kids need is someone, once they’ve grown up a little, to tell them what kinds of things they can be.
Ask me when I was a kid what I wanted to be and I would’ve said policeman, firefighter, racecar driver, football player, pilot, doctor, and maybe a handful of other things. When you’re a kid you don’t know more than a dozen jobs even exist. It’s just the obvious stuff that sticks out to you.
Nobody told me I could be a health and wellness coordinator, medical device assembler, test automation engineer, database associate-research analyst, front office coordinator or a treasury management customer experience specialist.
If I didn’t see it, I didn’t know it existed. Sure I saw the folks working at Kmart and Mcdonalds but I knew those weren’t serious jobs. I didn’t even know what a manager was as a kid.
Forget wasting money trying to get these kids whatever useless ‘education’ they’re going to get from this idea. Give them reality instead. Give them someone to tell them there’s a thousand and one different jobs out there you’ve never even heard of.
Tell little Joey he can be a QA test analyst, and little Marguerite can be a bookkeeper with EDI experience.
You can give these kids all the more phoney baloney education you want, but if they don’t know how to apply it or what to apply it to it’s useless. Furthermore if they never have had to pin down a goal and go after it, then they’re even more likely to not know how.
Posted on February 22, 2013, in No Hope For America, Problems to Ponder and tagged career, challenge, education, experience, forced, growth, jobs, learning, life, preschool, reality. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.