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Education is Failing Our Youth, Here’s How

Education is Failing Our Youth, Here’s How

I admit it. I am a little bit weird, even awkward at times. I am also friendly, kind, and I don’t let my shortcomings get the better of me. At least, I no longer do. Aging has afforded me at least one luxury, the ability to reflect on my life and see where things went wrong. I cannot change it, but I can learn from it and hopefully encourage others to do the same.

What does all this have to do with education? Nothing, and everything.  

I am not blaming anyone, but I have come to realize that some things did have an impact on my life. Things I often had no control over. If I had made more informed decisions and had better support, things might have turned out different for me.

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A lack of proper education is at the top of that list.

I somehow doubt that learning to knit in Mrs.Davis’s senior class was of any real use to me. This was taking place while the “boys” were learning valuable skills and trades like auto mechanics, I might add. I did not want to partake in the only work-related program being offered to the girls – secretarial studies – so I chose general sciences instead. This included subjects like Math, History, and Geography. It was the 70’s and things like feminism and socialism had not really made an impact. Honestly, I would have gotten more use out of reading the fundamentals of water damage and repair since that same year, my college dorm room flooded.

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Is our education failing our youth?  I think so. And, it has been for years.

In my opinion, Education is highly overrated. Teachers are not provided with the right materials to handle behavioral issues, and they do not have enough flexibility in the course requirements to allow for creative freedom.

Take me for example, I assumed journalism school was not the right career choice for me because I did not excel in English. My grades all throughout high school were average at best. It was not until I entered college when my professors began commenting on my writing abilities that I ever dreamed I could be a writer. How could I have missed that?

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One day it hit me.

I was not good at writing stories about topics that I had little interest in. I am the kind of person who needs to develop story ideas on my own. Writing is an art. It either flows or it doesn’t. In high school, I was required to write stories based on topics chosen by someone else. In some ways, I suppose my writing reflected my true feelings on the subject.

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The fact of the matter is, a great deal of the material provided from educators is inherently biased because it has a desired or expected outcome.

For someone as creative as I am this concept is foreign to me. I have to dissect, rearrange and debate everything before I can accept any conclusions. I cannot blame teachers, they are given a curriculum to follow. A curriculum that was likely drafted back in the early 20’s or 30’s.

It is time for the government to change the public education system to include more realistic and useful subjects for our youth. Don’t get me wrong, history and geography are important subjects. Career choices should be left up to each individual and not forced onto students who have little or no interest in them. How much knowledge do we really retain about things we have no interest in pursuing?

I think it makes a lot more sense to teach a variety of subjects and then allow students to develop on areas they want to explore before entering college. Does a geography major really need to know the philosophical nuances of a Shakespeare sonnet?

The western concept of education as we know it was developed a very long time ago.  Maybe it’s time we created a system more in line with our world today. The fact of the matter is, almost anyone can learn anything they want in a matter of minutes by doing a search on Google. Oddly, what most millennials cannot do are the ordinary everyday things like making doctor’s appointments and doing their taxes.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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