I think what is shockingly absent from any education I’ve ever received, from some fine educational institutions, is any mention of careers and context–why you’re learning, what live after school will look like, the fact that you’ll have to find a job, what kinds of jobs and careers are out there, etc. Schools leave that totally up to parents. And our schools are so liberal arts oriented–you take so many English and arts etc classes–where are the business, economics, etc classes in junior high, high school, in the required courses in college??? Why was I required to take all these English classes, sociology classes, etc, but not one single econ or business class in undergrad?
After you graduate you learn, oh wait, why didn’t any teacher I ever had even hint at how the real world works? And most schools I have ever been to are so liberally biased that in the absence of any clues from parents, neighbors, or friends, all I ever got it in my head to do was oh, art and English. Did I, my parents, or friends know anyone who was a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist? No. It’s totally the rationale of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. If you don’t have parents, friends, and neighbors who clue you in to the wider world of career options, who invite you to the party, you may be out of luck, because for the most part teachers won’t.
So, I think schools should do a much better job at alerting kids to job trends, career options, etc. Parents and teachers should give kids goals and options, not just say, “Get good grades,” “do your homework,” and then let the hippie schools brainwash the kids into thinking just English and art will lead to happy and fulfilling careers, because that’s just not the way the world works!!!!!
It’s like nature and nurture–kids’ understandings of how the world and business and careers work needs to be nurtured by teachers in school, not just parents–the average American parent probably doesn’t know much either–it’s sad to let Walmart employee kids aspire to work at 7-11, middle class kids just want to be “writers” “artists” and “poets” while upper middle class kids are the only ones told that they could do any career they want including medicine, law, banking, business consulting, etc.