The Factory Education System

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity – Albert Einstein.

 This is the problem with education in most nations especially in my beloved Nigeria.

The education system we operate now started in the early 1900s and was designed to fit the after school culture of the time where everyone worked in offices and factories. This system was designed to teach them how to be efficient and yes, it was efficient.

But…

Today, the world requires a different kind of education system to prepare graduates for after school. After school is no longer limited to just work at offices and factories anymore. Now we have more Entertainers, Artistes, Fashion designers, digital media strategist, online entrepreneurs, tech geeks, etc than those working in the formal sector. The school system didn’t prepare itself for these set of individuals.

The system for training has become obsolete but we have turned a blind eye. It’s almost as though we are afraid of change – the change we all be clamoring for every time something doesn’t go according to plan.

Its easy to see problems, you don’t need to be a smart to spot them. The real question is how do we solve them? How do we ensure that the current and future generation gets the adequate 21st century education?

We only need to look into the lifestyle of the target individuals today to spot how to tailor our schools to get the best out of them.

SOCIAL MEDIA

What social media has shown us is that people crave a sense of belonging – they want others to hear them and acknowledge their opinions. This is contrary to what the school system today is. Today we expect all students to know the “correct answer” or shut up. We are preventing them from expressing themselves like they do online.

COLLABORATION

Playing puzzles together, team games, etc. The younger generation crave these things and interestingly the work place demands teamwork as a work tool, yet somehow the school system frowns against teamwork. The factory education system encourages individual performance, but the 21st century education and workplace demands collaboration. If this is the case, then we must start to teach and encourage collaboration with kids early enough.

Now you know what I am talking about, the list is endless. It is long overdue for our schools to update the curriculum and teaching style. It’s the only way we can guarantee efficiency from the “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

You do not put new wine in old skin.

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Who do you hold responsible when you fail?

According to Marriam-Webster,

Accountability is the quality or state of being accountable; especially an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

In other words, whatever you do, there is someone who holds the right to ask you questions about your actions, activities, ethics, etc. Now this is very similar to mentoring but, they are different. The major difference is that with accountability you are only answerable to someone or group of people. While mentoring, you not only answer to the person/people, but also look up to them as role models – seeking advice in their specialty.

This is one thing people run from – especially millennials.

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3 Life Hacks

Make money, with it comes respect and influence,

People take your opinions more seriously that way

Your absence is noticed, your presence is cherished,

With money comes relevance and many other good things

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Obaro’s MS Model

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to make more money. This is not new to anyone, we all want more money.

I stumbled on a Forbes report that says wealthy people have a savings habit (amongst other things). I have tried (and failed sometimes) to build this habit.  30% savings is really difficult (but possible).

But as I do my regular expense review I always notice there is so much funds uncounted for – money I can’t say where it went, most of us can relate to these miscellaneous expenses.

So I thought, how about creating miscellaneous savings! But make it a deliberate action. Hence the invention of the Obaro’s MS Model i.e Obaro’s Multi-Savings Model.

This is simply creating an additional savings stream fueled by an addiction or habit.

Practical Example; I play Candy Crush on my phone almost everyday (don’t judge me! And yeah I know it’s 2017 but that’s the only mobile game I have and I need it to relax sometimes). After I noticed it had become a habit, I decided to tie something positive to the habit. So for everyday I play Candy Crush, I put into a piggy bank a fixed amount of money – something so small I won’t realize it’s gone.

This screen shot from Candy Crush implies I’ve played the game for 14 straight days. With the OMS model, I have saved X amount × 14 days from miscellaneous.

This is exciting for me because at the end of the year, if I saved 200 naira everyday, I would have 73,000 naira of miscellaneous savings (this is excluding normal monthly savings and other forms of revenue), I think this should be exciting for you too!

Remember, everything we do needs discipline to be accomplished especially when money is a topic.
So find your addiction/habit, tie your OMS to it… Make money!

Why Secondary Schools Need Career Teachers

I recently caught up with one of my secondary school teachers at an event. In between our conversation she said “the school hasn’t changed since you left”. I was shocked! Hasn’t changed?! Then I assumed she meant the standard hasn’t changed till we got deeper into the talk.

It’s sad that more than 10 years later a secondary school remains the same – by any yardstick whatsoever. What ever happened to improvement, development, innovation, etc and all those big words we throw around as intelligent people? Continue reading “Why Secondary Schools Need Career Teachers”

Time Management

It’s really ironic that with the advancement of technology at our disposal, the loads of information available to us with a click of a button, the scheduling applications and lectures we have listened to over the years, TIME IS STILL NOT ENOUGH.

You know why? because everything you knew about time management is wrong! (or at least obsolete). Continue reading “Time Management”

School & Work in 2030

One thing is certain; no one can accurately predict the specifics of the future. Regardless of the multiple theories we conjure and create, the analysis and mathematical projections, we would still be wrong or not, the only thing that we can say is that 13 years from now the world would not be how it is right now. Change is inevitable. Continue reading “School & Work in 2030”