Why Children Need to Be Adaptable in a Rapidly Changing World
In today’s world, the most successful people have found that being flexible is often more important than any other aspect of their lives.
In a rapidly changing society, those with the ability to adapt quickly will be able to thrive as they need to change with every new situation and circumstance.
This is something that children must learn from an early age in order for them to succeed later on in life.
The skills needed for adapting are different depending on what type of person you are and what environment you live in but all individuals should make it a priority.
This blog post will explore the importance of learning how to be adaptable from childhood onward and give some tips about how parents can help teach children these essential skills:
The world is changing faster than ever and kids need to be able to adapt
While most people are aware of the unprecedented changes that school curriculums are having to make in order to stay relevant, it's also important for parents to consider how quickly the rest of the world is changing, too.
All industries are transforming themselves rapidly as they constantly adopt new technology at a pace never before seen, whether it's construction or finance or retail or agriculture.
Many jobs will permanently disappear from the working market within the next 10 years; whole professions that we once thought would always be around (such as travel agents and the like) have now all but vanished due to technological advancements.
Children today need an education suited for this "new frontier" landscape so they can constantly learn, grow and adapt.
Schools are still teaching kids the same way they were taught decades ago
At the time of writing, the community is shifting more on what comes first; the child or the curriculum.
Teachers are expected to deliver instruction in a way that attracts children but also encourages them to think independently and creatively, while at the same time maintaining the skill level required for future success.
The traditional system of learning through lectures given by teachers (which was developed centuries ago) has been augmented by modern technology that makes it possible for teachers to guide students to learn what they need to know, when they need it, while catering education towards each student's strengths and weaknesses.
This shift in teaching methods, although necessary, will take years before every school can implement it due to budget cuts and a variety of other reasons, however, the good news is that there are already schools specifically catering to this shift in education and they're finding success.
Children need to learn how to think for themselves and figure out things on their own
In a world where everything from entertainment to socialising is done online, it's crucial for children today to be able to navigate through the digital world independently.
This includes protecting themselves from cyber bullying as well as being able to make sense of what is real and what isn't online, especially considering all the false information going around these days due to political agendas among other reasons.
At school, many tasks have been automated by technology meaning teachers can spend more time coaching students how to solve complex problems by themselves rather than doing the hard work themselves.
This is how we develop the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists who will be able to take on problems that we can't even imagine yet.
Being adaptable means being able to solve problems and overcome obstacles
Children today need to learn how to problem-solve in a way that they may not have been exposed to before - teachers and schools do an excellent job of teaching children the basic process (look at problem, brainstorm ideas, investigate possible solutions/ideas, make a decision and implement) but there's more to it than that.
They also need the emotional intelligence skills such as mindfulness, emotional resilience and high self-esteem so they're equipped with life skills to get through whatever life throws at them.
With current technology, the world is getting smaller by the day and we all need to know how to work together with people from all different backgrounds in order to get things done.
New technologies are changing what kids are learning at school every year
As technology continues to evolve, it's affecting what students are being taught at school every single year.
For example, programming was not traditionally taught in most schools but now it's becoming a core part of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, which means that more opportunities will open up for young people who have interests in computer science or coding.
Technology is also making some traditional jobs obsolete so its crucial for children to be able to adapt by having skills in areas where there are increasing demand such as digital marketing, social media and web development.
Success depends on mastering technology
Technology is used everywhere these days and so, to be successful in today's world, it's crucial for children to learn how to use the latest technology effectively.
This not only applies to using computers but understanding all other forms of information technologies such as mobile phone apps, robotics and artificial intelligence, to name just a few.
Schools are beginning to teach the next generations about coding early on to encourage students who might have an interest in STEM or computer science whilst at the same time providing them with life-skills that they will need later on down the line.
The future is bright for young people who can adapt quickly and develop new skills as technology continues to evolve.
The world is changing faster than ever before, and the next generation will need to be adaptable in order to succeed.
We've seen how children's brains develop differently because of technology use; it's not enough for them just to know their ABCs anymore.
They need more than that if they want an edge in this competitive market.
What are you doing now or what have you done so far to teach your child about being adaptive?