Kamis, 28 Juli 2016

Successful Education Begins in the Home

Children come to us with predetermine disposition, aptitude and fortitude. How well they function within these capabilities directly relate to their home. Education, without apologies, begins at home. Children learn how to respond to any facets of life in the home.

Consequently, prejudices concerning people, foods, clothing and live styles manifest from within the home. If a child is aggressive, know that, that behavior comes from observing a family member. Substitute any other behavior positive or negative with the before mentioned word "aggressive" and acknowledge that it connects with a family member that cares for the child. Children emulate what they see.

Teachers recognize this more than any other professional group because it is in their classroom that they experience the consequences, good or bad, of what children learn at home. Hence, teachers at every new school year establish classroom rules in an attempt to ensure a universal law of acceptable social conduct.

As a tenet, parents are responsible for whether or not children succeeds academic. Without ignoring a child's predetermine abilities, they must project clear positive expectations concerning school. As these expectations take form, parents should remember that children mimic what they see and hear. Hence, they should avoid making negative comments concerning their children's teacher and or school. Parents cannot demand that their children perform well academically when homework assignments are not completed, and social events are prioritized over establishing appropriate bedtime routine for school age children.

There is no denying that a child will act out, usually this begins at pre-K through kindergarten levels. When left unchecked by parents, acting out, becomes a norm for a child. When established as a habit, the disruptive behavior hinders the child's academic success. Parents should not expect teachers to teach their children proper conduct and yet the burden of learning these skills sits heavily on the shoulders of many teachers.

When a child acts out and the parent ignores the behavior, the child learns to devalue the importance of the teacher, the school and ultimately learning. Parent who do not understand the value and importance of early prevention will have an uphill battle as the child attends secondary schools. Laying a strong education foundation consist of the child, parent, and teacher working together in a respectfully academic world of cooperation. Teachers cannot do it all.

Teachers can only affect a child's learning aptitude when parents educate their children on good social skills, the importance of thriving for excellence and the determination to execute the desire.

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Minggu, 24 Juli 2016

Education and Real Life Challenges

In contemporary times, almost as a cultural practice, education has been elevated to the level of an initiation rite into the modern world. With the aid of formal educational training, people acquire the skills of reading and writing. It is obvious that literacy, the ability to read and write, has become a requisite for coping with numerous challenges of modern times. As a strategy for ensuring that no child is denied the opportunity of acquiring formal education, not sending a child to school is a criminal offence in some parts of the world, especially in the West. In addition, some governments assist their citizens to acquire formal education by either subsidising the cost or making it available at no cost (at the basic level, at least).

It is impossible to fit into the modern times if one does not go to school. Consequently, education is a necessity, not a luxury. People's attitude to education in contemporary time appears to suggest, in fidelity to Platonism, that it is better to be unborn than to be uneducated. The demand for education in different parts of the world is unarguably on daily increase. People make numerous sacrifices to acquire education. Parents are willing to give all they have in order to see their children through school. Some people travel to foreign countries in order to acquire quality educational training. Acquiring formal education has become one of the greatest priorities in life today.

However, despite the wide acceptance formal education has gained all over the world, one of the most significant questions about education that is often not asked is, "What is the relevance of education to practical life?' In other words, to what extent is education helpful in addressing practical life challenges? This question needs to be asked because the expected impacts of education are absent is the life of many educated people. One of the factors that speak very eloquently on this is that education has continuously remained unable to improve the standard of living of numerous graduates.

It is imperative to remark that education is a means to an end, but not an end in itself. The implication of this is that education is a process that leads to the making of a product. The process is incomplete without the product. It is the product that gives value to the means. The quality of the process can be inferred from the quality of the product. As a means, education is incomplete without the end of the process. This end is the purpose it (education) is designed to serve (under ideal situation). Let us justify our claim that the expected impacts of education are absent is the life of many educated people by examining a very sensitive aspect of life of educated people, their finances.

How many educated people are truly financially successful? Most graduates struggle all through life to make ends meet, but to no avail. There are numerous people who graduated from tertiary institutions (even at the top of the class), but who are far below many people with lower educational training (academic intelligence and scholarly ability) than theirs in the ladder of financial success. Perhaps, financial struggles and crises are worse among educated people. Most educated people struggle all through their working years merely to make ends meet, but to no avail, and end as liabilities during their retirement.

The inability of education to assist graduates in managing real life challenges is rooted in the fact that most people are ignorant of the purpose of education. Why do we go to school? Why should people go to school? What is the purpose of education? What is the rationale of education? What are the objectives of education? Why should parents send their children to school? Education is one of the most abused or, rather, misunderstood human experiences. Unless the purpose of education is understood and clarified, the continuity of its abuse (by most people) will remain inevitable. Many people go to school for the wrong reasons. In addition, most parents send their children to school for the wrong reasons. Most people have erroneous conceptions about the objectives of education.

It is imperative to remark that this problem is rooted in the fact that the major incentive for going to school in the earliest days of its inception in different parts of the world was that it was a ticket to prosperity. This was possible then because employment opportunities abound for educated people then. But things have changed, and very significantly. In most parts of the world today, there is high level of unemployment among educated people. Thus, education does not guarantee financial success anymore. In fact, education has become a major cause of poverty, considering the fact that it has no provision for instilling the knowledge of wealth creation principles in students.

It is high time the purpose of education is reconsidered. The idea of going to school in order to acquire certificate should be denounced, if the training will improve the life of educated people. The idea of going to school in order to prepare for gainful employment should also be denounced because there are limited employment opportunities for unlimited graduates. If school prepares graduates for employment, but there are limited employment opportunities for unlimited graduates, it means that school prepares students for unemployment. This is why the conception that school merely prepares students for gainful employment is unacceptable.

The ideal purpose of education is to facilitate an integral development of the human person - the intellectual, moral, physical, social, spiritual, psychical and psychological dimensions of man. Going to school should facilitate the optimum development of all the aspects of the human person. An ideal educational system should not isolate any aspect of man in the training process, nor consider some aspects more important than others. Anything short of this is an aberration, and is unacceptable.

Every educational process should be able to assist students to develop their latent potential. Any educational process that does not fulfill this objective is useless. When the mind is developed, it is able to identify and solve problems for humanity and, consequently, be compensated with reward. Money is merely the reward for solving problems. Any graduate who cannot solve problems in the society lacks the capacity for wealth creation. This is a fact most graduates are ignorant of.

Education will assist graduates to become happy and fulfilled in life if it is structured to facilitate the optimum development of their minds. If this is done, education will equip graduates with the requisite skills to survive the economic battles and challenges of real life. It is very painful to remark that education has remained unable to serve practical purpose because most of the things the school system teach students are things they do not need to survive in the real life. In other words, most students spend years in school learning things that will not be useful to them when school days are over. The crux of this deficiency in the educational system is that the people who are most concerned in the educational sector are ignorant of its existence.

One of the key objectives of education is empowerment. If the educational system is restructured to achieve this purpose, graduates will become assets, but not liabilities, no matter the circumstances. Such an educational process will assist students to create jobs if they are unable to get jobs when they become graduates. As earlier remarked, education is a process, and every process is incomplete without a product. The quality of a product is the most reliable standard for ascertaining the quality of the process that produced it. There is urgent need to restructure the educational system to ensure that that the training it instills in students adequately empowers them to effectively confront life challenges, especially when school days are over.

Despite the fact that the consequences of the deficiencies of the educational system in its present form accounts for the ugly experiences of most graduates in the real life, the government has continuously demonstrated increasing incompetence in addressing this challenge. Consequently, it has become obvious that graduates who conscientiously desire a bright, refreshing and happy life must acquire Supplementary Education on their own before their school training will have the desired effect in their life. It also implies that students should also go beyond what they are taught in the class if they are sincerely passionate about happy in the real world (I.e life after school).

Eugene C. Onyibo is a motivational speaker, trainer, business coach, personal financial management expert, entrepreneur, philosopher and prolific writer. He is the publisher of Inspiration Express ( http://inspirationexpress.com.ng ), an online inspirational magazine. He is also the author of Now you are a Graduate, What Next?: A Handbook for Fresh Graduates ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VYDIP5Y ), a best-selling inspirational publication that has helped numerous (fresh) graduates across the globe. Eugene C. Onyibo (a wildly traveled, and also a much sought after, speaker at seminars, workshops, conferences, etc) is also a consultant of private and public organisations.
 

Sabtu, 23 Juli 2016

Understanding The Advantages of Vocational Education

In the uncertain business world of today, where workers are discovering that the solid job they have had for years is not nearly as solid as it once might have been, more and more people are turning to vocational education as a means to learn a new trade. Sometimes this is done out of necessity as the worker gets his layoff notice from his employer of many years, and very suddenly finds himself in the very unenviable position of needing to learn a new trade or skill as quickly as possible so that he can rejoin the work force. Other times it is because a person has finally determined that they have more to offer than a menial job they are doing and want to get trained in something more lucrative or more professional.

This is where vocational education plays a key part, since any of these prospective students has multiple choices in terms of how they will complete their course requirements through vocational courses, perhaps in a classroom setting, or with today's technology, perhaps via online distance learning.

It's because of this reason that nowadays, companies hire new employees who have successfully completed their vocational educational training and learned how to apply the newly learned knowledge on the job. Employers are also interested in these vocational school graduates because they have demonstrated an initiative to get the training they need, to set a goal of achieving it, and having achieved that goal, perhaps even getting their degree via vocational training. 

Companies today are not looking for the employee who needs guidance and direction every step of the way, because they already have an employee roster full of that type of person, but rather are looking for the kind of person who can recognize what needs to be done to achieve a goal, and go after it with the drive and initiative required.

The advantage of vocational education over the more traditional types of education available at colleges, universities, and even community colleges is that the vocational model allows the student to focus on the topic of study. For example, if you are pursuing a degree or certificate as a paralegal or nurse practitioner, you would focus your learning on the courses that will enable you to learn as much as possible about your field of study, and not require you to take courses in geology or 18th century music in order to fulfill the degree requirements, as would be the case at most conventional colleges.

Many of the vocational schools now also offer online vocational training, where you can complete your coursework online in the comfort of your own home, based on your own pace and schedule. For the person who already has a full time job and family responsibilities, the online learning method, also known as distance learning, can be a real blessing.

If you need to learn a new skill, trade or industry quickly, whether out of necessity or for preparing for your future career path, consider taking advantage of the many benefits offered by vocational education in today's world.

The clock is ticking, and you can continue to think about the possibilities here or you can take action and start making something happen for you. But just thinking about it is not going to accomplish anything until you take action. Understand the tremendous benefits of what vocational education can do for you, understand the myths about it from past years, and then set a course to move forward.

Kamis, 21 Juli 2016

Vocational Education - Right Choice for Your Future

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is also called Vocational training and Career and Technical Education (CTE)). It gets learners ready for careers based on manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic and those related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation; hence the term, in which the learner participates.

Oftentimes, it is called technical education, since the learner directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques or technology. Vocation and career are usually used interchangeably. Vocational education may be compared to education in a typically broader scientific field. This may focus on theory and abstract conceptual knowledge, characteristic or tertiary education. Vocational education is usually at the secondary or post-secondary level. It, normally, interacts with the apprenticeship system of skills enhancement.

Till the end of the 20th century, vocational education concentrated on specific trades such as, for instance, an automobile mechanic or welder. Hence, it was related to the activities of lower social classes. As a result, it was associated with a sort of stigma and vocational education got linked to the traditional and conventional apprenticeship routine of learning. But as the labor market got more focused and economies started to stipulate higher levels of skill, governments and businesses started increasingly investing in the future of vocational education.

This is done through publicly funded training organizations and financially supported apprenticeship or trainee schemes for businesses. At the post-secondary level vocational education is normally provided by institutes of technology, or by local community colleges. In the 20th century Vocational education got extremely diversified. It now exists in industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services and cosmetics, as well as in the traditional crafts and cottage industries.

Online Education

There are several terms for online education. A few of them are: virtual education, online education, distance education, Internet education, web-based education, and education via computer-mediated communication. Essentially, online education is characterized by:

1. The separation of teachers and learners that differentiates it from one on one education

2. The impact of an educational organization that differentiates it from self-study and private tutoring

3. The use of a computer networks to provide or dispense educational content

4. The offer of two-way communication through a computer network so that students may profit from communication with each other, teachers, and staff

E-learning

E-learning is classified as interactive learning. In this type of learning the content is made available online and gives automatic feedback to a students learning activities. Online communication with real people might or might not be included. However, the aim of e-learning is normally more on the learning content than on communication between tutors and students.

Kevin Pederson has written many articles on a guide to making wise career choices. [http://www.learningpulse.com/] Vocational education also called technical education, since the learner directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques or technology.

Selasa, 19 Juli 2016

What's the Importance of Education in the Modern World?

We understand the title might not sound right to some. After all, the general belief is that education is extremely important and a must in today's world. So how can anyone even question its importance?

Well, as always, there seems to be many misconceptions about the importance of education. While everyone, ranging from the poor people living on streets to the ultra rich believes that education is a must in the modern world, many seem to be mistaking education for something that simply involves getting good grades.

A very detailed example explaining the current situation
Confused? Let us explain. Assume you're given a book that has a lot of highly complicated and extremely difficult-to-understand information about the planets of our solar system. Though you find it extremely boring, you try reading and understanding the information simply because you're told that you will be made to take a test and based on the results, offered a reward.

So you try your best to learn and remember as much as you can, and you perform well in the test. The reward you're given, however, is nothing but another book about planets, but the only difference is that it's even bigger and has more complicated information. You get extremely annoyed and wonder what's happening with you.

Well, let's just stop here. The above mentioned example seems to quite relevant with the current condition of the education system. Students are made to study things they have got nothing to do with, and it's very unlikely that they will ever have anything to do with them, unless they choose to build a career in that particular field, which again, is an extremely rare case scenario.

However, when students study hard, regardless of how irrelevant the subjects are, they get good grades. They then go to a higher class, where the same things are repeated, with the only difference being that there is an increased burden of doing well in terms of grades.

The point we are trying to make

Regardless of how weird the above information may sound, it does make a point. This is due to the fact that many seem to be having many misconceptions regarding what true education really is, and what it needs to focus on. As of now, it seems to be a source of vast information, which will be anything but useful for the students when it comes to going out in the real world and performing.

Sure, many students do get a very high-paying job, but it's probably only after they take up other much more practical educational courses such as an MBA, CFA, and so on. Those who don't have the required resources to enroll into such courses are usually left in a really worrying condition.

A final word
As a final word, let us mention that a true education system is probably far different than what most people think. With the right knowledge and understanding, however, the current situation may perhaps be changed for good.

Anand Mishra is a well-known name in the media industry, and aims to actively contribute in improving the quality of education throughout the world.