Friday, May 8, 2015

A Peek Into the 21st Century Curriculum

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If we take a peek into next century's curriculum what changes do you think should be there? What changes should be made in the present curriculum so that it prepares students to deal with the challenges of their life. It is 'Life Skills Education'. It is the next evolution in the field of education with its wide ranging socio-emotional impacts. 

Many schools have taken up this training as one of their main regulatory discipline.Looking at how the various educators have researched the effect of life skill education on the overall growth of a child, it is quite surprising.In one of the testimonials of the educators, they have expressed, "one of my students really looks down at himself. He feels he can't do anything i teach him. I thought it would be helpful for him to watch the section about life skills. He learned about the different types of life skills and what it means. He was able to speak on what he thought he was good at and needed more work on and in the process, he learned how to improve his self-esteem."

Public school, what used to be a place of just the A, B, C's is now a place required to pick up what is missing in the homes of our youth. Life skills training can provide the educator with a quality curriculum to support that missing link that is tragically not being provided in some of our students' homes. I have heard students say in the halls, "hey cool we have life skills class today"! This is a curriculum that not only meets the needs of the educator, but most importantly, it meets the needs of our youth. The best judge of this curriculum is the kids and plain and simple, they like it." Said John Richardson, Coordinator of New Directions Grant, Vermont Life Skills Training.Great efforts are being made to integrate these skills into traditional school curriculum. On the other hand, there are many schools in the world that are not aware of this kind of skill set which can transform a child's world and provide him a complete education; an education which is not bookish or for the sake of grades, but to prepare children for adulthood, basically to create competent citizens..

When asked about the experience of this training in a school where it is taught, a child gladly said that "because of these skills I am making better decisions, I am staying away from the nonsense and focusing on the grade sense". It has been life changing in our district."It's time to integrate these skills in every aspect of education. Our children are valuable to us and no parent would want to take the risk of rehabilitation after substance abuse or bullying as he knows the consequences. Life skills teach the necessary skills to manage oneself and others in an effective way.Get enrolled today for Life Skills Olympiad @

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Author: Ankita Majumder

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