Responding to the CNBC Article: Educating Asian children in ‘exam factories’ won’t equip them in the world of work
A recent article published by CNBC, titled: “Educating Asian children in ‘exam factories’ won’t equip them in the world of work” raised a very important issue – if the education systems in Asia are not currently designed to prepare our youth for the “real world”, what action can parents take now to fill the “void” in their child’s education?
The article highlighted that although countries in Asia have been placing a large emphasis on improving their education rankings, “employers throughout the world report that the education system is not delivering the skills that they need.” In fact in 2015, “more than a third of global companies reported difficulties filling open positions owing to shortages of people with key skills.”
There are several ways where students can learn to absorb these softer skills – by engaging in volunteer work, getting a job and taking ownership of their role in the company, playing sport etc. to name a few.
I am a huge advocate for sport. Sport is fun and especially engaging for youth. In order to be successful, an athlete must take leadership and responsibility for their work ethic and progress.
Yes, school is important, but there are many things outside the world of academia that shape an individual and prepare oneself for the “real world”. Sport, and the life skills it instills, is s fantastic way for our youth to pick up their soft skills, which may very well be the “key skills” required for them to succeed in the future workplace.