Change Required: Our Education System Needs Upgrade (I)

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It's not that much of how education system is built up, but how well it prepares us for living our lives. More precisely, as I also mention in several places of my other articles, the current system gives us an incomplete education focusing to the academic and professional part only, but forgetting about personal, social and financial education. This is the first article out of the three, and deals with the limitations of our education clearly visible in the times of a severe financial and economic crisis. In the next two articles we will consider our current education system, its roots and limitations more closely, as well as highlight upgrades needed.

The turbulent times we are experiencing now, provide us not just a great opportunity for identification of our limitations, for learning and for doing it better next time, but even require rethinking the things we are used to take for granted (such as the grounds of our education system), and making some rather fundamental changes. So, let's consider, where we as a society have been failed, where we are now, what we need to be and has our education system prepared us for that.

Here is a brief summary of our failures (the list is not meant to be complete but rather form the background for the topic):

* We haven't been effective, but wasted our time and the time of the others. Example: the current extensive lay-offs and cost-cutting provide a clear indication that it either hasn't been produced what really adds value for the customers, and/or it's possible to achieve the same result with lower amount of resources.

* We have suffered under Ostrich Syndrome. Example: until very recent times the severity of the current financial and economic crisis has been denied by great majority of us; we haven't been ready to look at the reality from our own standpoint, but rather hoped that it isn't really there or, if there, it hasn't anything to do with us personally.

* Many have allowed entrapping themselves. Example: the game is "who owes to whom", but it hasn't been understood or even known by many who have a lot of bad loans (i.e. loans that do not generate cash flow) from good times.

Where we are now, is:

* Confidence crisis. Example: interbank markets collapsed irrespective of all the high ratings, interest rate cuts by central banks, money injections and rescue packages. Isn't it a clear expression that people on one side do not believe what people on the other side say, lack of openness and transparency?

* Blaming of the others. Example: people saying that ministers are stupid, government shiftless, banks guilty, co-workers lazy etc. without rethinking what they could have done differently by themselves, and going forward.

* Indecision and uncertainty. Example: preference of endless horror instead of quick end.

* Hope that someone else will save the world. Example: don't we hope that Obama will save the world? However, it's highly likely that nothing changes until everyone does her/his own part.

The well-known truth is that continuing doing old things every day doesn't give new results; for changing the results, we need to change what we do. So, for getting out of the current standing, we need to implement different knowledge and competences than these having been in use until now. Among others the current times (as all times) require us to:
* Remain cool-headed and moderately positive (panic prevents thinking constructively; the same can be said about ungrounded optimism as well as pessimistic attitude);
* Demand for consistency, openness and results (if there is no demand, we will have to wait it for long; there probably are "good" reasons why consistency and openness are not always the case even if promised in words);
* Act in line with our basic values and -principles (how could we expect consistency and openness from the others if we ignore them by ourselves?);
* Prioritise right things that really are important (once again a well-known truth: a person who tries to do everything does not achieve anything);
* Take full responsibility for our own lives and financial position (this is said to be the key of success);
* Believe into ourselves and our own abilities (we can't take the responsibility for our own lives if we do not believe into ourselves);
* Try to understand the others and what is going on (without it we really can't be effective);
* Co-operate with the others and find synergy (people need to co-operate in order to achieve the results they cannot achieve alone);
* Retain balance between Product and Production Capability (this is essential; else we would kill ourselves).

Unfortunately, our current education system has provided us (and still provides to our children) only very limited preparation for the above (if at all).

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