Information age technology is changing the world in so many ways. The way we conduct business, the way we learn and even the way we interact with each other.
The speed of this change has already had an impact on careers and that trend will continue. Business as usual is a phrase that takes on new meaning because the "as usual" is in constant flux. This transformation will require an accompanying level of learning to keep up. And it is certain, that in most cases, not keeping up would be a mistake.
As we've mentioned in other pages within the financial literacy curriculum postings at books-empower.com, it is up to parents to re-assume the role as most important teacher in a child's life. Our role as educator doesn't end with dropping the kids off at school when they reach age five. To handle that role it is incumbent upon us to continue to educate ourselves as well.
I'll offer up a great book to help in this process. This is one of those additions that I suppose could lose some potential readers who see the title and assume it isn't for them. Please don't do that in this case. The amount of insight and wisdom within the pages makes it a terrific educational tool for parents and young adults.
Near the bottom of this page I've included an image of a group who seized the opportunities presented to them. It began many years ago, but serves as an example of what could be for any who blend action with inspiration.
Robert Kiyosaki calls this rapid pace of information age technology "accelerating acceleration" or the acceleration of change. Things that are new today could be discarded in a couple years.
That type of accelerating acceleration is showing up in the educational system in America. A system created during the agricultural age and then adjusted during the industrial age has proven to be far too slow to transform into this information age technology. Available real time resources are still vastly under-utilized.
I believe the reason for that missed opportunity is that teachers themselves don't know any other way than this current system in which to teach their students. Most of the tenured staff has done it the same way for years. Changing established patterns are always hard, so it is just easier to do what they know.
Sadly, this reluctance to embrace new opportunity or even consider the changes as opportunity is a roadblock to possible success. Change will happen even if we don't want to see it.
As parents we must encourage our kids by being the examples. We need to show them how to look at things from all sides. In his book, "Why "A" Students Work For "C" Students And "B" Students Work For the Government", Robert Kiyosaki calls this "standing on the edge of the coin." This allows you to see both sides of an idea or an issue.
He writes, " Too many people leave school seeing the world from a right or wrong, black or white point of view. Many believe there is only one right answer in the test of life. In reality, life is a multiple choice test."
Further along he states, " One reason I wrote this book is to expand a parent's view of the world, allowing them to see different sides of the coin. Seeing the other side of any issue increases a person's intelligence. It also means people who live in right or wrong, black or white worlds, may be highly educated, but less intelligent."
I agree with Robert Kiyosaki's viewpoint that even more than an economic crisis, we are facing an educational crisis and an entitlement crisis. Governments around the world are continuing to print fiat currency to keep bubbles inflated enough to hold out promises of government assistance. Unfunded liability levels are seldom published, so relatively few know how far this entitlement mentality has spread throughout America.
Rather than encouraging young people to aspire for entrepreneurial genius, our schools use the same pattern of teaching students to be employees who trade hours for dollars. And if that doesn't work, they can always sign up for "entitlements."
There is no valid explanation for failing to utilize all the information age technology available. We are finally seeing some movement toward real time, hands on experience level, on line learning. My hope is that this option will grow. I can see great push back from an entrenched union entitlement generation. We as parents need to demand better for own kids. Those who profit from unsustainable entitlements will not teach students to move away from that notion.
Our younger generation already absorbs this information age technology much faster than their parents. Don't fear that skill. Instead encourage your kids to build on that talent. Let them go boldly forward. In fact show them that you believe they will do great things and will be supportive of them all the way.
The knowledge is at their fingertips. And yours. What holds many back is fear of non-acceptance rather than fear of failure. The old ways of doing things aren't always the best ways.
There is an old photo that has been floating around for years. It features a group of younger people. In one version there is a caption asking "Would you have invested?"
I wonder what would have been different if this group hadn't moved boldly toward their vision? Maybe some other team would have done so. Maybe not. But they did and the results have been world-changing.
There will be more world-changing events. It could come from any of us. This new era is open to any who are are willing to do the work. Just below is that image. I think it worked out pretty well for them.
Be your child's most important teacher. Grab a copy of "Why "A" Students Work for "C" Students And "B" Students Work For the Government." There is genius in your kids. And in you. Open up both doors.