The Public School System's Failure to Launch

By J. Elizabeth Thyret ~ Growth Goalz

Published August, 2023

There is a growing concern in North America about the failure of public schools to adequately teach students the essential soft skills for becoming successful, versatile, and well-liked adults.

Many students today are graduating high school without essential skills such as communication, teamwork, confidence, problem-solving, and time management, putting them at a disadvantage when searching for employment and succeeding in their careers.

One of the issues impeding schools from teaching soft skills is that unlike academic subjects, which focus on standardized testing and have clear metrics for success, soft skills are subjective and require ongoing development and practice, making them difficult to measure and assess.

Further contributing to the problem is that traditional teacher training programs focus on teaching academic subjects and don't emphasize the importance of soft skills. Teaching soft skills requires a different approach that teachers don't have the training or resources for.

Teachers also face obstacles such as oversized classrooms and limited time to cover their curriculum. Students develop soft skills through experiential learning, such as group work and role-playing. These types of lessons are time-consuming and challenging for teachers to implement.

Despite these challenges, there are steps that parents can take to help their children develop the soft skills they need to succeed. Encouraging your child to join a sports team or club can help students build teamwork and leadership skills. Volunteering and community service can also provide opportunities for students to develop communication and problem-solving skills.

Online programs focusing specifically on soft skills and taught by certified life coaches, such as the Growth Goalz Best Foot Forward program for teenagers, have also become quite popular in recent years.

Ultimately, it is up to parents and educators to prioritize the ongoing development of soft skills inside and outside of public schools. Working together ensures that children are prepared to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

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