Simple Strategies to Prepare Children and Teens for the 21st Century

Simple Strategies to Prepare Children and Teens for the 21st Century

With “Preparing your Children, Teens for the 21st Century” as title, Mr. Robin Hom, Superintendent of California Crosspoint Academy, the sister school of SSHS in USA, was the resource speaker for the Centennial Special Parent Teacher Seminar. This was held at The Auditorium last January 12, 2018.

Mr. Hom started his talk by asking why there is a need for such preparation. So many things have not changed: children, facts, good teaching, and even Biblical truth. In this light, he emphasized the importance of parents as children’s primary teacher. One of the roles is to set the bed time for their children. He added, having enough sleep and proper nutrition are important factors for children to attain better education. According to Mr. Hom, there are five things in current trends: availability of information, accessibility of people, use of technology, pace of changes and cultural norms and influences. He urged parents and teachers not to simply transfer knowledge to children nowadays. Instead, they should facilitate learning. Furthermore, children should not focus on memorizing formulas or scientific facts alone but more on understanding concepts. In this way, students won’t be “just in time” learners and will learn how to evaluate the source of information and be able to produce them too. He continued his talk with the introduction of extreme learners, who develop curiosity across discipline, are networkers, technology savant and self-motivated and who possess social emotional skills. These learners are not necessarily smarter but they will be out in the front with confidence.

Lastly, Mr. Hom urges parents and teachers to have the mind set of growth, which means that they should focus on growth of the children and teens or the process itself rather than results. One way is by developing children’s skills on how to critically analyse a question. Therefore, children should not only be given information, as it is not the most valuable thing. For him, it is imperative to know that children need to be taught how to think and ask the right questions and make quick decisions in order for them to expand their knowledge into broader areas outside of their comfort zone. Parents and teachers nowadays, should bear in mind as they prepare their children for the 21st century that it is not a time of competition between human and computer, and they should instead make use of technology to help them provide their children and teens with continuous education and lifelong learning. Equipping children with these simple strategies will surely prepare them for the 21st Century learning.

Fri, 19-Jan-2018