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20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools

notesNearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.

13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.

15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.

16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.

18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

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Helping Child to Read

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Be Involved and Patient

Learning to read is the culmination of a great many learned skills and developmental processes. Learning to read is a long-term program. At times, there is no visible progress. At other times, they make dramatic daily progress. In all cases, show patience, confidence, and be encouraging of new skills. Learning to read is like a marathon that involves climbing up mountains and over diverse terrain: it is not a sprint and every child needs support along the way. And like a marathon, there are many stages, each with it’s own challenges. From phonics through advanced reading comprehension and critical thinking, there are new challenges at each stage.

Learn about learning to read

There are many great books and websites on learning to read. While you don’t need to become knowledgeable about all the latest theories about learning to read, there are some basics which you should understand. While there are many sources, my favorites are SEDL or Todays Learners. Time4Learning has an excellent free newsletter that provides useful insights into how children learn to read and how parents can help teach them. It points to websites, articles, resources, and books with more info on specific steps or issues in learning to read. Once you understand the basic steps, you’ll have a “map” or “schedule” of the terrain that your marathon mountain climbing effort will need to cover. If your child’s development differs significantly from the schedules, you should consult with specialists since along the way, many children are found to have different sets of strengths and weaknesses which sometimes require some specialized help or intervention. Most differences provide interesting insight into what makes your child special and do not change the overall program significantly.

Learning to Read has a sequence

Just as children start by playing T-ball before playing baseball with “pitched” balls, there are specific steps in learning to read. Trying to teach the steps out of sequence can frustrate your child (and you). For instance, prior to successfully learning phonics, the child should master a set of pre-reading skills including understanding basic print concepts, discerning the sounds, understanding that words are made up of sounds which they need to think about as interchangeable parts (ie phonemic awareness), and memorizing the alphabet. To help parents understand the steps in learning to read, look at The Reading Skills Pyramid. And while most children do follow this sequence, be aware that each child is different and that there are a great number of variations. It is great fun to realize, even in the prereading phase, how much ground is already covered once a child can play rhyming games, understanding thousands of words of vocabulary, and likes hearing you read bed-time stories out of a book.

The First Steps in Learning to Read is Multimodal

Learning to read is easiest if you involve all the children’s learning styles and modalities. They should see the words on wall posters, have toys in the shapes of letters, draw or trace the letters, play letter games on the computer, watch educational programs (Sesame Street) that introduce the letters, and of course, listen to stories in books. Most children love learning that their name can be written down and are highly motivated to learn to recognize their own name. Each of these different activities helps develop prereading skills.

A Program to Becoming a Successful Reader

Time4Learning is a great example of a reading curriculum. Let’s look at the range of activities that are taught as children learn to “decode words” and build basic “reading comprehension skills”. These steps are primarily achieved in the years up to third grade. At the preschool level, lessons teach verbal comprehension, build vocabulary skills, develop phonemic awareness through rhyming games, and build other prereading skills. By kindergarten, the program is teaching phonics with more vocabulary, comprehension, and listening exercises (recognizing word families and syllables). From third to eighth grade, reading comprehension skills are the main focus with grammar, word roots, punctuation, and critical thinking as major strands.

Writing Skills Should be Developed Simultaneously

Most programs, including Time4Learning, now include a writing program from the earliest ages. There are two reasons for this renewed focus on writing: one, research shows that writing skills helps build reading skills. Secondly, employers (and standardized tests) are increasingly focused on strong writing skills. Teaching writing starts at the prereading level where there are “tell a story” exercises using paint programs. The level progresses incrementally so by third grade, the children are using outliners and graphic organizers to organize thoughts prior to writing. The goal is for them to construct sentences and paragraphs into coherent clear essays.

Helping your Child Learn to Read – Summary

Parents enthusiasm for teaching their children to read should be channelled into useful daily activities. Meaningful education is a marathon and not a sprint; it is not always smooth “road work” but involves working through diverse terrains. Be very dubious of any “magic shortcuts”. The first step is for parents to learn the basics of the steps in learning to read. Once you understand the overall path, you’ll see how to use the broad array of tools such as learning toys, computer programs, rich daily conversations, daily reading sessions, and a comprehensive curriculum.

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Top 10 Best Selling Homeschool Books 2015 Part-2

6 – Home Learning Year by Year, by Rebecca Rupp

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
Homeschoolers can design their own curricula, assembling resources and using approaches that best suit their own children’s needs. A structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.

7 – Homeschool Your Child for Free, by LauraMaery Gold

Provide a solid education at home without breaking the bank.

Introduced in 2000, Homeschool Your Child for Free gave countless parents the plan and peace of mind to get their kids’ education on the right track. Now, authors LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski have revised and updated their popular guide, offering their expert homeschooling advice and information, plus new tools and resources to help you and your child succeed:

• Complete curriculum plans for a comprehensive education, from preschool through high school
• Where to find free online courses; NEW!
• Ways to partner with public schools; NEW!
• Legal guidelines and compliance requirements for home educators
• Keys to graduating a homeschooler; NEW!
• Developing personal finance management and life skills; NEW!
• Teaching tips and motivators from successful homeschoolers
• Career and vocational guidance; NEW!
• And so much more!

8 – Homeschooling : The Teen Years, by Cafi Cohen

Homeschooling : The Teen Years
The teen years are when many homeschooling parents start to question or abandon their efforts. It’s a precarious time, with challenging academics, pressing social issues, and the prospect of college looming. Parents can now breathe easy: this guide calms the teen-time jitters and even offers hope to those just turning to homeschooling now that their child is about to enter high school. With brief “how we did it” testimonies from other parents sprinkled throughout the book, author Cafi Cohen offers sage advice with the turn of every page. A columnist for Home Education Magazine and Homeschooling Today, two of the most respected periodicals on the subject, Cohen has also homeschooled her two children into college. To comfort doubters, she begins with 10 reasons for homeschooling your teenager (work experience, limited peer pressure, and family togetherness, among them). She goes on to devote long chapters to traditional subjects such as math and history, and even gets to those you might not have considered, like driver education. Her suggestions for parents new to homeschooling: decompress slowly, study only one subject a month at first, and read at least one book on learning styles.

9 – Deschooling Gently, by Tammy Takahashi

Deschooling Gently

Deschooling Gently will help you whether you are new to homeschooling, or if you are experienced, but are in need of new approaches. Discover the best way to educate your children at home, not through rote process, but by learning how to find the answer within yourself. This plan will provide confidence to trust your own educational decisions, a clear understanding of your children’s needs and how to meet them, the ability to make calm and wise decisions about your children’s education, a solid footing for starting the homeschool journey, and most importantly – concrete ideas on what to do now to make your transition to homeschooling smooth and painless.

10 – Homeschooling For Dummies, by Jennifer Kaufeld

Homeschooling For Dummies
This friendly guide leads you step by step to homeschooling success. If, like many parents, you’re wondering whether homeschooling can be the solution you’re looking for, then you’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes.
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Relaxed/Eclectic Homeschooling

“Relaxed” or “Eclectic” homeschooling is the method used most often by homeschoolers. Basically, eclectic homeschoolers use a little of this and a little of that, using workbooks for math, reading, and spelling, and taking an unschooling approach for the other subjects.

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For the family who practices “relaxed” or eclectic homeschooling, mornings are often used for more formal, “have to” work, and afternoons are used for hobbies and other special projects. There are no specific times set up for each subject, but instead the child is expected to meet certain educational goals.

For help, the eclectic homeschooler may rely on regular classroom standards for their child’s grade level (for example, studying multiplication in the 2nd grade, California missions in the 4th grade, and U.S. history in the 9th grade). They may also use standardized tests to measure their child’s progress.

The advantage of the Eclectic method is that the parent feels that the “important” subjects are being covered thoroughly. This method also allows the family to choose textbooks, field trips and classes that fit their needs and interests

  • Reading: Read one chapter a day from a book the child has chosen. The parent will also often read challenging books to the children at night, like Jane Eyre, Phantom of the Opera, The Three Musketeers, and other classic children’s books.
  • Writing: Eclectic families usually center their writing around journals, essays, letters to friends and the occasional report. Some families also participate in a “young writers” club, available through their support group.
  • Math: Each child will have the math materials that best suit their learning style. One child may use math software, one child may use math manipulatives like rods, shapes and counters, another child may use a math textbook. The parent then evaluates the child’s retention by periodically making up a sheet of problems that review all the math concepts the student has learned.
  • Science: The emphasis is on hands-on experiments which the family does at home or through community science classes (like those put on by MadScience.com).
  • History/Geography: The family will use workbooks, software, educational games and historical fiction. Some families also make up time-lines and history notebooks like those used in the Classical and Charlotte Mason approaches.
  • Special Interests: Afternoons are generally spent doing special projects, pursuing hobbies, and participating in community classes and teams like soccer, gymnastics, Boy Scouts and 4-H.
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SAFE but not SORRY- learn safe driving

Drivers’ education is intended to supplement the knowledge obtained from government-printed driving handbooks or manuals and prepares students for tests to obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permit. This is important because every driver must own a license for safe driving according to the rules. But is it the only significant thing?

Well, here is what you need to know about safe driving. Everyday a number of people leave from their house for work, school or vacation only to spend their day out and reach home safely. But this is a hard fact that many of them do not even reach back to their respective homes because of any mishap that might happen on the road. And this may happen to them, to us and to YOU!

Sohere comes the most effective and efficient driving school, Drive2pass in Calgary, a car fitted with dual controls, which has pedals or other controls on the passenger side are used by this school in the safe hand of the well equipped instructors working for educating teen and adult drivers for safe and defensive driving.

Some detailed statisticsshow that motorcyclists account for just 1% of total road traffic, but 19% of all road user deaths. Drive2passeducates for the steps both drivers and riders can take to reduce the casualties on our roads. And yes, it is true accidents happen due to one or both persons’ inattentiveness. So all the collisions involve at least one of the drivers having fallen victim to inattention, inattentive driving can cause a major harm to your life and to the life of other drivers and pedestrians. Also it may happen because of improper understanding of rules and regulations, the big black book of rules that is offered by this Drive2pass School with the easiest Driver Education course.
These instructions are intended to warn the drivers about the dangerous conditions in driving such as road conditions, driver impairments, and hazardous weather. Instructional videos may also be shown, demonstrating proper driving strategies and the consequences for not observing the rules properly.

Drive2pass provides road safety information and education to drivers for road safety with the main aim of encouraging safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.

Driving and learning to drive is easy, required and given you learn from an expert and a knowledgeable trainer. The instructor must have all round knowledge in the field of driving and also be well adjustable with almost all kinds of students. Students can be of any age from young notorious teenagers to middle aged nervous learners. The instructor must make sure that he/she has good communication skills and can be good and also strict at times when things tend to get out of hand. Leadership qualities like resourceful, motivational, and empathetic also the best in the field is a must to be a good instructor. At drive2pass one can have training of driving under the best of instructor in Calgary. Make your driving experience worth and count, join at the top driving school in Calgary, and join at drive2pass driving school.

Five ways you may pass written essays in exams

Written essays in exams are often found in liberal arts courses such as history, religious education and so forth. They are supposed to show your full understanding of a topic, so try to concentrate on the points you are making over things such as spelling and grammar. Usually, a marking guide will only penalize students that make systematic errors, such as frequently using “there” instead of “their.”

1 – Write a quick selection of notes on scrap paper

Draw lines between your notes to show how they connect. Use this guide as you make your points in your essay. It will help to keep you focused on your main points so that you do not deviate or over-write certain sections.

5 – So long as your handwriting is legible, it doesn’t need to be neat

You are not going to get extra marks for how neat your writing is, and it is imperative that you write fairly quickly. So long as your writing is readable (easily readable is better), then it doesn’t matter how neat your writing is. If you are worried about the state of your handwriting, then write bigger because it is often easier to read even scruff writing when it is bigger.

3 – Put a single line through incorrect words

This is wildly important for two reasons. The first is because anything else looks very messy and may break the flow of your work. The second is because a single line through incorrect words and sections is all that is needed. Scribbling parts out and using Tippex/fluid paper/correcting fluid is a massive waste of time.

4 – Do not be afraid of fragmenting your work a little

It is not ideal, but the aim is to get all of your points into your essay as quickly as possible. This sometimes means that you may have reached your conclusion or moved onto another section before realizing that you have missed a bit.

There are two ways you can fix this. If you have written your conclusion, you may enter it after your conclusion and then use markers such as numbers or margin notes to point out where the paragraph should sit in the essay. If you have not written your conclusion, you should start a new paragraph, call back to the points you made earlier (the ones related to your new paragraph), and then make your additional point.

5 – Research what “A higher use of English” means

The essaywolves.com team is a review site of different types of an essay service, and they often note how some UK traditions seem to seep over into the US. One of these traditions seems to be the idea of a higher use of English. It is often something that is paraphrased on marking guides. It means you demonstrate an understanding of a more advanced use of English. For example, if you were to use the phrase “of which” in the correct grammatical sense, it may be considered a higher use of English.

How to help your child research their future career

Beyond question, parents are the best architects of their child’s future. And they are the no 1 influencer on their child’s career decision.

Are we a parent wanting to know on the know how’s, but less equipped with information? Here are few tips.

Make it simple

What could be the ideal career choice for my child? The answer is surprisingly simple.

Being good observers, we would have observed certain specific interests in our children, which they want to peruse for a long time.

The first key is to make them take up higher studies and career aligned with this interest.

Reach out

In the growing years, school is the second home for the children.

Getting in touch with their school teachers is yet another simple way to assess their true potential.

If a child has more than one choice or difficulty in narrowing down on their career choices, reaching out to mentors is an effective alternative. Mentors could even be a family friend or a professionally trained one.

We can go for psychometric analysis to have a detailed study on the child’s non-academic skills or strengths.

There are many online education sites that provide a good support.

Research

Both government and private start up education and career guidance sites offer rich information to plan on a child’s career.

National Career Service and National Skill Registry are portals giving information on the various career choices and skills. While the former is available across sectors and provides career counseling and detailed information on the nature of jobs the latter is specific to IT/ITes sectors where our children can register their skills.

Increasing our research and getting to know on other established or start ups, downloading related apps on the mobile to be quickly in touch with the changing trends helps us a lot.

Planning

The end of Higher education embarks the new journey of career. And to assist our children’s bigger dreams, we need to be aware of the financial assistance that would come handy in time.

The National Scholarships Portal is a Government initiative that has a host of information on the different scholarships awarded.

There are many online sites that actively serve as a single point of contact for multitude of scholarship offerings.

Further Apprenticeship for various disciplines is yet another area that we need to be aware of, whereby we can help our children to take up hands on training.

Beyond being ordinary

If we identify our children of having bestowed with a vision to achieve greater success with their own innovative thinking, then we – the parents should be the first to support them.

Not being in the normal flow invites many criticisms and advices that normally tend to discourage our children from persuading their odd dreams.

The greatest parental duty would be analyze and help our children understand the pros and cons of the chosen track.

Remember, every support starts at home and let’s remain a special parent to them.

Points To Effect Medical Assistant Salary In A Positive Way

As a basic startup work, medical assistants are known for taking patient’s medical records. They are trained separately to keep the information confidential and discuss the notes with only other medical personnel. Well, if you can perform the tasks well, then medical assistant salary will enhance.

What are the basic educational qualification?

If you want to bag medical assistance as your job prospect, then you better start off with the degree program from affiliated schools and colleges. This is defined as the basic startup step for the aspiring students, who want to make it big in the field of medical assistance.

What is the basic salary pay scale?

As per the latest pay scale of a medical assistant, the salary lies with the experience of the assistant. However, the basic yearly salary lies within $24,000 to $30,000. However, if you have good experience and with advanced certificate, then salary range will increase a lot.

How to increase basic salary package?

As a starter you need a bachelor’s degree or a diploma degree to stand in the medical assistance industry. However, if you want to increase your medium salary to a completely new height, then you better grab advanced or post graduate medical assistant certificate under your name.

Is experience matters a lot?

In the field of medical assistance, experience truly matters a lot. If you only have advanced degrees under your name and from affiliated universities or schools, then you cannot expect to have great salary. Experience along with advanced certificates makes the perfect combination for high salary.

What are the areas to serve?

Medical assistants are known for serving doctors of both private sectors and governmental agencies. Hospitals, nursing homes and even medical centers are some of the basic areas, where you are likely to get the best medical assistant job. The services are based on administrative and clinical duties.

7 Skills That Should Be Taught In Every Class

classroomstudentsTeachers come under fire all the time for “not doing their job” from people, who don’t really understand what the job is. Under the current system of education, a teacher is responsible for teaching the curriculum in their subject area and getting students ready for state testing. They’re pushed by administrators and politicians to adhere to a strict base of knowledge instead of focusing on the things that really make a difference. If every teacher could bring the following 7 Skills That Should Be Taught In Every Class to the table, then the American education system would be in a better position.

1. Handling Rejection And Failure

Too often, the system seeks to protect children from rejection and failure. Many have decried the “every kid gets a trophy” mentality of our society, but apparently, that’s the way society wants it because there haven’t been many signs that change is on the horizon.

In a 2012 column from Huffington Post, author Michael Sigman writes “America’s ‘everyone gets a trophy’ syndrome has become a national joke. ‘A’ grades, which once conveyed excellence, are now given to 43 percent of all college students, according to a study by grade-inflation gurus Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy. This is an increase of a staggering 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. The study also reveals how easy it is to buy college credentials: a scandalous 86 percent of private school students, it turns out, get nothing lower than a ‘B.’”

Sigman makes a good point. Every politician, on both sides of the aisle, decries how poorly the US education system is doing — most recently President Obama in his speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the MLK “I Have A Dream” speech — yet apparently students today are getting better grades than they ever have been. Either we’re not as bad off as everyone would have you to believe, or we’ve lowered the bar (extremely low) so that today’s students won’t have to deal with the possibility of failure or rejection.

Teachers have fought against this mentality for years, but they’ve been boxed in by administrators, who are too afraid of the legalities behind failing a student, even when the student deserves it.

2. Accepting Nothing Less Than The Best

Going back to Sigman’s column, an “A” at one time meant excellence. Today, in many classrooms across the country, it simply means a student is the best of their group. “A” work today, in some schools, would have garnered a “B” or a “C” 25 years ago.

And as Signman points out, this does nothing but harm to the youth of today. “Grade inflation promotes ego inflation, the opposite of healthy self-confidence,” Sigman said.

In The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, author Jean M. Twenge adds, “We want to encourage effort, especially among young kids … But the ‘everybody gets a trophy’ mentality basically says that you’re going to get rewarded just for showing up. That won’t build true self-esteem; instead, it builds this empty sense of ‘I’m just fantastic, not because I did anything but just because I’m here.’”

When teachers are allowed to set high expectations and force their students to live up to them, great things can happen. When they’re too terrified to fail students because of what may happen to their job or the fear of “how this will reflect on me,” they become unwilling culprits in an ongoing political movement to neuter kids of all intelligence.

3. How To Empathize With Others

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Different from sympathy, you don’t just “feel sorry” for someone over something they’re going through. You’re instead able to step out of your own selfish experiences and understand it as if it’s happening to you. Many students are not taught to empathize with others at home or in class in spite of it being an essential part of bettering the human experience.

Preetha Ram, co-founder of OpenStudy and Dean of Science at Emory University, said it well: “I think what we need to teach our kids is compassion. I use this word over some of the other ones that occurred to me: emotional balance, resilience, kindness, ethics, morals.”

Ram continued: “I was privileged with an audience with the Dalai Lama and my kids were with me, and he looked at them and said to me, ‘What the western educational system does well is to teach children science and technology; they need more than that. What they should also teach (the children) is compassion.  Children learn this from their mothers, but you should also be teaching it to them in school so that they can live their lives with balance.’ He then went on to talk about how half the problems of the world would not exist if people had more compassion in their hearts. How this would lead to emotional resilience and the ability to withstand stress. So teach them compassion, to be good people, not just smart people.”

Unfortunately, many teachers find it difficult to teach empathy without stepping over the boundaries of what is and isn’t acceptable to share in the classroom. For example, religious beliefs (or the lack thereof) play a major role in developing one’s moral code. To teach empathy, one walks dangerously close to breaking down the walls between church and state. It can be very difficult to pull off without offending someone, and the constant threat of litigation is something with which all schools must balance.

4. Business Application

Every subject, from literature and creative writing to math and science, is relevant to one’s placement in the world. Many students don’t believe this fact until they’re further along in their education, and too often we allow them to go along believing it because there is so much emphasis on teaching to the test and sticking with curriculum that we simply don’t have the energy to explain relevancy.

That’s fine. Business needs to get more involved in education to help students see the practical application, and to their credit, they are.

Michael Haberman, in a column for Huffington Post, writes: “Through training delivered by business professionals and through workplace experiences, students learn about professional expectations and behavior: how to communicate with their colleagues, function as a team, network, dress professionally, and use office technology.”

It’s only natural when you think about it. Teachers spend a lot of time in school before they ever step foot in the classroom. If you look at the typical path of a high school teacher, there is four to five years of school, rigorous testing, and ongoing professional development, all wrapped around the school environment. They never have a chance to get out in the private sector and see what many students are in for once they graduate high school or college. If business wants more qualified candidates, then they have to be involved.

5. Critical Thinking, Analysis, Research, And Problem-Solving Skills

Critical thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving skills are only as effective as the level of expectations that a teacher places on a student and the administrative backing that said teacher gets in holding the student to those expectations.

When a school adopts the “everybody gets a trophy” mentality of awarding “C” grades (or better) to improve graduation rates, everyone loses. Most teachers understand how important problem-solving is to their subject area, and they do a fine job of teaching it in the early stages of a child’s education.

But if a child is allowed to coast into adulthood, he is fundamentally flawed and cannot grasp higher level information. That’s when the burden really starts to weigh on upper level teachers. They don’t have time to go back and teach fundamentals when they’re tasked with a loaded curriculum of complex information.

If schools can collectively make it their goal to teach critical thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving skills, to students every day of every class through a student’s entire educational career, then success is inevitable. But it’s simply too tough of a task for one teacher and one teacher alone because these skills can be applied in so many different ways depending on the subject.

6. Written And Oral Communication

Again, the duties of communication should not fall on English and speech communication teachers alone. They’re a shared responsibility, and that is a fact you won’t have to spend much time arguing to a typical teacher. They get it. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to teach a student with severely impaired communication problems.

Students, who don’t know when to speak. Students, who don’t know when to listen. Communication problems affect every subject, and can make it impossible for a student to get a good job down the road.

7. Social Skills

For the record, students need very little help in socializing with their peers. They do it all the time via phone calls, text messages, chat sessions, and the occasional face-to-face when they can look up from their phones long enough to mutter a few words. However, they still need guidance when it comes to context, age groups, and formal-versus-informal settings, and schools are in a good position to demonstrate social settings in which communication expectations change depending on the level of formality.

Social skills are a great opportunity for a student to put his best foot forward and show well-roundedness.

None of the skills listed above should be confined to one subject area. They are required curriculum in the education of life, and while teachers can make headway by thinking of ways to incorporate them into subject areas, it’s still a village thing, as in it takes one to instill students with a better sense of what is expected in life. What skills do you think MUST be taught in every class? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.