“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
Life Skills Learning
Academic learning alone is failing to adequately prepare many students for a meaningful adult life and successful career. In response, Zane is invested in developing a comprehensive life skills learning curriculum intended to provide lifeskills learning and social emotional skills education for students of all ages, to fulfill that need.
As schools continue to focus and prioritize their efforts on providing the academic learning that many students fail to relate to the importance of, increasing numbers of employers are today complaining that many job applicants are inadequately prepared for the positions they need to fill. Increasingly lack of life skills learning is the target of those complaints. In some situations those same employers are indicating that they would forego the academic qualifications for good attitude, self-motivation and the adaptability of candidates.
In other words there is evidence to suggest that we are living in a society today where life skills are increasingly lacking and therefore becoming more highly valued than the academic knowledge and qualifications which often bears little relevance to the that which the job requires.
It was Jean Piaget the highly-regarded Swiss clinical psychologist who contributed so much to pioneering child development that famously stated “The principle goal of education in school should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done”.
Zane is committed to developing and providing a curriculum of life skills learning resources that will enable all students, young people – and those that value their future in the workplace and business, to operate, communicate and succeed at all levels. This is particularly essential for those that may consider starting their own businesses one day.
Gaining an awareness and knowledge of those essential life skills also plays a significant role in the progress each student makes as they travel the education to employment pathway they have planned and set themselves.
As we enter the 21st century, innovation and creativity are qualities that are becoming increasingly valued, yet we hear much less about the ability for the individual to be able to communicate and work effectively as part of a team – which again stresses the importance of life skills.
While literacy will always be important, a knowledge of the world in which we live – and where we have come from, also enriches us as a society. However if that comes at the expense of lack of self-motivation and accountability, the inability to think for ourselves and face new situations every day, an inability to care for and communicate with those around us, and manage our lives effectively, then we risk paying a huge price in the future.
If you share our interest and passion for the greater use of Life Skills Learning in education, then please contact us using our Contact Page to arrange an introductory conversation.