Are Indian students ready for international competition?

The dynamics of global future market is evolving faster than ever before in the 4th industrial revolution, all thanks to the incredible advancements made by automation and artificial intelligence — and this rate of change will keep on increasing exponentially within a passage of time. Amidst the face of technological advances and evolving business needs, the knowledge and skills — that students acquire in their current school education can become rapidly outdated, and even the most hyped skills of today can probably become obsolete in the next few decades. As the world economy is becoming permeating with disruptive technologies, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the robots will displace various repetitive jobs — with technical minds of bots becoming capable of performing tasks and making sound decision.

As the 21st century is essentially marked by the complexity and rapid changes, it has become extremely vital that your kid’s mental growth and development should be wise enough to face the challenges in the future. In this innovative and digital world, where new techniques and tools can get your child the edge over the masses — creating an environment for the emotional and intellectual development and making learning fun is must. To meet this demand, our education system needs to inculcate the following ‘critical elements’ into pedagogical curriculum — that would promote adaptability and prepare the kids for uncertain future:

  • Project-based Learning: Introduction of cultural and pedagogical innovations in curricular practices can help the young learners to analyze the situation, apply the theoretical knowledge creatively to real-world problems, persuasively communicate the solution and collaborate with others. Further, learning ‘STEM’ and ‘STREAM’ subjects would help the child to focus on the holistic development of learners and equip them with the key 21st century skills — Critical thinking, reasoning, collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving. For example, when a 6-year old child performs a simple experiment to find out whether ‘sunlight is important for plant’s nourishment and growth’, they learn to think critically by formulating a hypothesis, testing the evidence, analyzing the results and thereby drawing inferences. This critical thinking skill comes in handy, when later in life the child wants to test the efficacy of a business strategy or entrepreneurial opportunities. Similarly, when children learn how to balance a school-project budget or manage their own pocket money, they are not only learning how to use math concepts In real-life scenarios but also trying to build an understanding of basic economic principles. While publishing their own school magazine or self-designed picture book, children learn how to research, distinguish facts with fiction, collaborate and communicate in professional settings. Such an approach towards project-based learning will help the child to bolster skills such as spatial thinking, cognitive abilities and creative quotient, while getting them ready for the challenges faced in universities and workplace.

  • A ‘Skillful Curriculum’: In order to equip the children with 21st century skills and break the barriers between education and the real-world, it is important to redesign and revamp the entire education curricula. The newly-designed curriculum should not only emphasize on ‘learners’ and ‘learning goals’ pedagogy, but also focuses on ‘how to teach’ rather than ‘what to teach’. In simpler words, a ‘Skillful Curriculum’, ideally, should give young kids the knowledge they need to approach the future with a dynamic, accountable and forward-thinking mind-set. Additionally, it seeks to develop the specific cognitive, emotional, creative, and interpersonal competencies crucial to thrive in the 21st century rat-race. By moving a step further, educators must also lay emphasis on flipped classrooms — wherein theoretical parts are learned outside and the practical part is taught face-to-face in an interactive and informative manner. For instance, a self-taught grammatical concept such as ‘types of the conjunction’ can be better learned by students using a video tutorial or researching on the topic outside the classroom. In such a way, by incorporating concrete experiences with abstract concepts, and then reflecting on the outcome, the child makes a stronger connection with the concepts and engage in active experimentation. In a nutshell, a skill-based curriculum would help the young minds to become creative, well-informed, passionate and joyful learners, while catering their new-world needs and make them ready for future competition.

  • Technology and AI: The global future market will be developed through communication, collaboration, and innovation — all of three elements are dependent on technology. The Internet technology and AI would make the whole world — a global marketplace and a workspace — that provides a vast array of opportunities to highly-skilled, critical and creative leaders. However, global trends clearly indicate that in the future, any job that is process-based or rule-based (or repetitive in nature) will be better performed by smart machines, or bots. This means as the world continues to rely on highly technical and continuously evolving technologies, the need for those employees who are critical thinkers, problem solvers and keen observers, will also increase exponentially. Additionally, being a ‘Forward Thinker’ in the future job market, the child should be able to recognize the problems, while discovering various reasons and system from where the problem exists. Thus, it is important to give your child an opportunity to understand, explore and design AI, while fostering innovation and inculcate the required critical competencies.

Conclusion: The new world is going to need vital skills and capabilities — that would be entirely different from what we are familiar with now. And without critical skills and technological expertise, your children will unfortunately be swept up in a wave of constant change. So, currently, the key question on every parent’s mind beyond basic school education is ‘How to prepare their children for the future competition’. Indian Education System as we know it, simply does not train young minds in an adequate manner for academic growth and lifelong success. Most Indian students lack both the skills and knowledge required to be meaningful professionals or critical thinkers at international-level job market. Thus, as a parent , we need to help our children to be future-ready by making the right decisions for their education, exposure to technology and AI, and encourage them to learn skills that we do not currently have. Also, parents need to embrace their children’s independence, individuality and interests while teaching them the goals are attainable with effort.

Role of BeyondSkool in making young minds future-ready:

In this regard, BeyondSkool can help your child in developing solid critical thinking skill and thereby prepare them to face the complex problems — that would matter the most in the competitive world. BeyondSkool is world’s first upskilling academy that aims at bridging the jarring gap between what would be required by the “New World Careers” and the child’s existing skill-set. At BeyondSkool, the comprehensive IQ+EQ+CQ integrated curriculum and definitive pedagogical learning tends to empower the child’s mind with ‘Imagination and Innovation’ through application-based learning, thought-provoking discussions, design thinking and creative problem solving approach. Based on the concept of developing child’s ‘Multiple Intelligences’ at an early age, BeyondSkool’s ‘Primary Years Enrichment Program’ covers subjects such as STEMSTREAM, Innovation, Leadership, Communication and LOGIMATH — that ultimately facilitates the cognitive and creative development of the child holistically. BeyondSkool’s highly-educated and experienced educators can help your child to enrich their educational experience by showing them real-life applications of theories, while creating the value of ‘conceptual learning’ and ‘critical thinking’. When young minds are trained with this kind of practical-learning methodology, they not only develop strong reasoning skills but also become self-confident and well-rounded, while mastering communication and team building skills. The concepts that are generally not aligned to a school curriculum — are approached at BeyondSkool with a wider scope in mind with the sole aim to take the young learners further in their understanding of major subjects like Science, Math, Reasoning and Data interpretation. In a nutshell, BeyondSkool’s interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based learning approach can help the child to evolve from ‘Knowledge Seekers’ to ‘Knowledge Multipliers’, while enhancing their decision-making competencies, cognitive abilities, emotional quotient and creative thinking skills.

The kids of today are the future of tomorrow. And if you want your child to cope with the rapidly dynamic and unpredictable challenges of the future, it is important to start their learning journey right away with BeyondSkool!

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