There is a crisis in young students that is reducing their expectations for the future. It is caused by the prospect of unemployment. It is leading to:
- Demotivation to learn
- Early school leaving
- Disillusionment that further education, degrees and qualifications have value
- A feeling that schools are detached from the labour market
In addition, adult unemployment is lowering family’s economic and social conditions that are impacting on student’s education. Another factor, is a belief that their schools and teachers are ignoring, in most cases, the realities of the change in availability of knowledge because of the Internet, thus alienating young students. To address this crisis it is necessary that:
- Students take responsibility for their futures, instead of feeling threatened by todays conditions
- Students build coping strategies for their careers in a positive and entrepreneurial way
- Schools need to adapt to become relevant to today’s student’s needs, not past worlds
- Students do not leave school early
1.Make Learning motivating, engaging and interesting
|Improving links between the school environment and the world of work and developing model programs with parents, teachers, business and community participation.|
2.Engage and Partner with Parents
|Encourage and support programs that motivate parents to participate at all levels of their children’s education.|
3.Pay Attention to Drop-out Warning Signs
|Training teachers and school staff in methods to identify at-risk youth.|
|Recognize that there is no one solution to the problem of the early school leaving (risk factors are interrelated) and providing a broad range of instructional
programs to accommodate students with different needs.
|5.Adopt a Student-Centered Model|
|Using applied instructional strategies to teach basic competencies.Expanding students’personal views of their career and education potential and opportunities.|
|6.Realize a friendly School environment in which Teachers also act as motivators|
|Make a positive school climate with positive relationships, high priorities in the school and classroom. Students need to feel attached to school as a supportive community that recognizes their individuality and that cares about and promotes their success.|
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