We live in a time when the future appears to be more unpredictable than it has ever been. The majority of this ambiguity stems from one basic, unavoidable fact: the world is continually changing. There have been new terminologies and words coined. Jobs have changed over time. The skillset has evolved.
A new era of disruption has arrived, and if the next generation is to survive and thrive in this new employment market, a significant revamp of the educational system is required now.
The distance between what is taught in traditional education and what is needed in the present world has never been bigger. Traditional schools have typically taken a one-size-fits-all approach to education.
A rigid, pre-set curriculum would be established, and every pupil, regardless of aptitude or inclination, would be held to it.
Automation is quickly displacing this left-brain-centric strategy, which emphasises the training of logical and analytical skills.
Meanwhile, right-brain abilities such as creative thinking, intuition, and problem-solving, in short, all of the capabilities that cannot be mechanised or assigned to computers, are underdeveloped and overlooked.
MODERN EDUCATION MODEL PROBLEMS
Inadequate and outdated content, as well as a lack of appropriately qualified faculty, are two basic reasons why these critical life skills are not being taught in schools.
These problems are particularly noticeable in India. Our country has the world's largest formal education system. Around 260 million kids are educated in over 1.6 million schools, with 39,000 accredited colleges overseeing 27 million undergraduate and 4 million postgraduate students.
While these results are unquestionably amazing, they have also placed an enormous strain on educational infrastructure.
As a result, teaching methods and practises remain stuck in the past, and educators who have received modern training are scarce and overworked.
As a result, by the time they graduate, a generation of students will be equipped with abilities that are already outdated.
SKILL REDEFINITION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
In the face of the global skills shortage, we need to rethink our educational strategy from the ground up.
The conventional focus on a small number of disciplines, as well as the clear distinction between STEM and arts subjects, must be replaced with a completely new set of practical abilities.
The new tools that will drive the workplaces of tomorrow include a foundation in technology, financial literacy, effective communication, and global exposure.
The job market has shifted in favour of abilities that are both impactful and actionable. Certifications aren't as important as real-world experience and actionable talent.
Candidates must now possess a considerably broader set of skills than ever before, the majority of which they are unlikely to have acquired through traditional education.
Candidates for jobs are now expected to be capable of working in larger groups, communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders, and solving complicated challenges. These abilities are formed mostly through socio-emotional learning (SEL).
When paired with other abilities, SEL proficiency allows students to have an immediate influence in today's digital economy. This is best accomplished by implementing a comprehensive educational system.
This educational model's basic structure is built on a child's overall development of personality and talents, which ensures their future preparation. This practical approach to education, which emphasises life skills, will only grow in importance in the future.