Future Trends for Education in America

Some of the futurists are predicting that our youth will be unprepared in science and math to compete successfully in the global economy by 2010 without we make some drastic changes to education now.

This is just one of the reasons why today's schools are implementing instructional coaches in the classroom, one of the fastest growing trends in education. The reason is because schools are faced with greater accountability than ever before and many school districts are seeking new methods of supporting professional development among teachers to strengthen teaching practice and improve student learning.

Districts are using coaches to help implement reform and focusing on particular critical areas such as math, science and reading. These new methods are intended to support broad implementation of best practices in classrooms.

Other trends in education have started at the grass roots level in places like Sunset Park, New York. In that community alone, more than 15,000 kids drop out of school every year.

Joyce Mattera is the founder of one charity organization called Children of the City which she started in 1981 to reach out to help kids. Volunteers and began visiting children weekly to assess their needs and invite them to various community programs, helping them through academic support, life skills training and family counseling. Board members have helped the organization raise funds for this last year's Christmas gifts for more than 800 children.

Create Success is one program being used at Children of the City that is constantly being evaluated for needs and even better success. It is fast becoming a model bought after by other agencies.

High priority is placed on student's academic success with intinction tutoring and daily personal homework help. They also provide students with counseling, and advocacy within the social systems such as courts, plus age-appropriate group and individual mentoring.

Trends will shape the future of educators and students globally. The future of America's education system, for example, according to futurist James Canton, is that "the quality of public education, in crisis today, will either propel or crash the future aspirations of the American work." It is also predicted that education is failing to prepare high-tech workers.

There is also a rise in the Hispanic population in this country. Many of the kids in Brooklyn, New York, for instance, come from Hispanic families who can not afford help when their kids are not doing well at school.

Thanks to the Internet there is hope for the future of our education system. By the year 2040 the Internet should be available to people of all nations. By then futurists like Canton predict immediate, portable, transferable, in-demand knowledge sources on a scale equivalent to the Library of Congress. It's eighth among the top ten trends of the new innovation economy. …

Now More Than Ever Education is Important

In our great grandsparents' time, a high school education was considered sufficient, but those days are over. These days, a college degree is a goal that an increasing number of people are pursuing and it makes sense. The job market is more advanced and competitive than ever. An individual with a broad scope of job skills has the best chance of landing the most coveted positions.

Naturally, an education marriages far more rewards than only financial success. A well-rounded education promotes thinking skills that improve our lives. Education makes us more aware so that we can better comprehend our world and value other cultures. It escalates our confidence to manage life's challenges. Also, it can be entertaining; learning more about what interests you can add joy to your life since your age. Beside, education promotes healthy brain function.

The Key to Financial Success

According to the US Census Bureau, an individual with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn an average of $ 2.1 million through their working life, while people with only a high school diploma can expect earning $ 1.2 million through their working life. This important difference in elearning potential is predicted to widen even more in coming years, as more jobs necessitate some college education, if not a degree. People with a master's degree can predict to earn $ 2.5 million through their lifetime, while those with a doctor can foresee earning $ 3.4 million and those with a professional degree can anticipate $ 4.4 million.

College graduations are also less likely to be unemployed than those with less education. The need for college-educated employees is also anticipated to remain high. In 2006, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that between the years 2004 and 2014, 55 million jobs will be filled by entry-level workers. An estimated 13.9 million of these jobs will be filled by college-educated workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts that positions for college-educated workers will increase at a faster pace than positions for non-college grads.

Preparation for Life

Extra eaching potential is not the only aspect drawing both traditional and non-traditional (adult) students to college in large numbers. College degrees in any major progress to better discriminate and increased goal setting skills, and college degrees that focus on a number of liberal arts courses enhancement a student's personal development.

Image-educated people are more likely to attain the dialectic level of reasoning. For example, they can evaluate two or more sides of an argument and devise a logical blend of these ideas. College grads have a more reasonable view of life and of social relationships than people who are unable to evaluate such scenarios. This can progress to a better ability to get along with peers.

Keep the Brain in Shape

There is also evidence that proves that education benefits the brain's physical health. Studies have revealed that highly educated people are less likely to develop various forms of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease. The foundation behind these claims is still …

How to Change Career

If you are unhappy at work it may be because your major career decisions were made for the wrong reasons. This is very common, especially when you consider that many of those decisions are made at a very young age, when you had little experience of the world outside school or college. In addition, the careers advice you were given was probably brief and possibly delivered by someone with little training. Added to this, your parents may have encouraged you to get a good job, brushing some of your own ideas as unrealistic. And they probably paid for your education and so after years of training for a specific career, you feel you're stuck with it.

Now you have bills to pay, sometimes even a mortgage to repay, along with a family who rely on you for support. With so much stacked against you, how can you possibly even think about changing careers?

It might be better to ask: "How can you not think about changing careers?" It may seem selfish to put yourself first, but if you are not happy, chances are your family will not be either. So the first step is to admit to yourself that you need a change and the second is to start investigating the possibilities.

Look at the aspects of your current and past jobs that you have enjoyed. If you really do not enjoy anything you are doing now, write down the things you hate most and look at the alternatives. So if you hate being cooped up in an office, where would you rather be – in the countryside, working in a hospital or school, traveling between different cities or countries? If you hate number crunching would you rather be working with children, writing, painting or designing web sites?

Next consider your dreams. What would you secretly like to be doing and what is stopping you from doing it?

Then write down all the skills you would like to use in a job, staring with existing skills and adding new skills you would like to learn.

By now you should have some idea of ​​the types of jobs which would fit in with your preferences. The next step is to research these, to find out which might be suitable. You also need to discover which qualifications are necessary and how you could get them. If you need to retrain, you should look at funding options and also part-time study.

Changing career requires effort, but think about the alternative – another 20 or 30 years of boredom and frustration. The internet has made is much easier to move into a new industry nowdays, offering distance learning courses in many subjects and also providing new opportunities to work at home, either for yourself or for a company.

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