Change Required: Our Education System Needs Upgrade (III)

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It's not that much of how education system is built up, but how well it prepares us for living our lives. This is the third and last article out of the three, which after discussing the limitations of our education clearly visible in the times of a severe financial and economic crisis in the first article, and consideration of the current education system in its incompleteness in the second article, proposes the essential upgrade needed to our education system. More precisely, in order to come over the in the previous articles identified limitations, the following dimensions should be added to the today's academic and professional education: personal development and -leadership, social education and financial education.

But let's go to the topic: what is meant under each dimension necessary to be incorporated into the education system? The following is not meant to be a comprehensive overview or closed list, but rather starting point for the further discussions and advancements.

The ultimate goal of the personal development is to deal with fear and greed, so typical characteristics of the humanity, which do not allow us to be who we really are, and the consequences of which we currently see in bold and underlined. Among others, this part of the education should:
* help people to find out who they really are, understand the conditioning and the difference between the construction that has been created by culture, society, and experience, and one's true self;
* guide people to define their own values and -principles that form the basis for their decisions and behaviour, as well as think about what really matters for them;
* guide people to ask questions;
* show the freedom between stimulus and response, the freedom to choose;
* encourage people to make mistakes and learn from the mistakes;
* help people to really value themselves and make them believe into their own abilities.

Personal leadership is about one's ability to knowledgeably design and plan her/his life. It's closely related to the personal development and in practice, no clear difference has to be made between these two. This part of the education should:
* teach acting proactively;
* guide people to define their own goals (starting from the approach to begin with the end in mind);
* teach people to make decisions, and to take responsibility for their decisions as well as of what they do;
* insist people on valuing time (their own time and the time of the others), on differentiating between important and unimportant, saying "no" to the unimportant and focusing to the important;
* guide people to be well-organised (starting from such things like activity list, filing system and contact management system);
* highlight the importance to maintain balance in life;
* give people the ability to change and to adapt with the changed circumstances.

The need for social education comes from the fact that we are interdependent; not dependent or independent, but interdependent. So, the aim of this part of education is to give us the ability to be interdependent effectively and act together in a mutually beneficiary manner. Among others, the subjects of social education should be:
* the abilities to listen, understand and value the ones around us;
* creation, maintenance and improvement of our social network (incl. use of social media for this purpose);
* the ability to see similarities beside and (if needed) also instead of the differences;
* making agreements that satisfy both sides and bring to win-win solutions (or ending up with no deal solution if win-win is not achievable for some reason);
* the ability to synergise.
Social education should come after the personal part. More than the other parts of the education, it's about practicing.

Financial education is something that in the perhaps most clearly perceived manner adds to our personal freedom. Being financially uneducated leads to enslavement with bad debts, basing "investments" to the strategy "pay, keep and pray" etc, and as a consequence, also leads to the inefficient use of human potential. As a minimum, financial education should cover the following topics:
* what is money?
* basic understanding of monetary system and its relations with the real economy;
* difference between assets and liabilities;
* difference between good and bad loans;
* setting personal financial goals;
* basics of financial accounting and -planning;
* finding a profession for one's money.

Now you may say: "Ok, that's nice, but there really is no place in the time schedules of our current education system, to add something that extensive." In that sense you are right: there is no free place. Here it is where we need to think in the light of importance and priorities, as well as consider the logical order of the different parts of education. Also, it should be remembered, that learning does not end somewhere around 25 when we have got our diplomas and started our professional career. Instead, learning is a life-long process that goes in parallel with the implementation of the obtained knowledge and skills. I personally tend to think that the education should begin from the beginning: from ourselves and from personal development. I also believe that before starting to make significant financial decisions, one should be financially prepared. With the details from the lessons of biology or history we can also deal later on when we actually need this knowledge.

Finally, to the end of this series of articles, I'd like to thank everyone who has find the chance to go it through, and note that probably the world would be a quite different place, when this type of upgrades were made into our current education system.

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