Our children are growing up in a world that is changing at a rate faster than we’ve ever experienced. New technologies offer groundbreaking advancements for society, while social and political shifts are influencing our youth, often pulling them in a direction that might not reflect the values they grew up learning. Many of us feel overwhelmed and unprepared to guide our children in the direction they need to succeed in life.
According to youthtruthsurvey.org, who collected data from 165,000 high school students between 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, less than half of high school Juniors and Seniors feel they’ll be ready for college or a career after graduating. More than half say their high school did not help them choose a career that matched their interests and abilities. Those statistics suggest that we as a community are failing to prepare our youth for their future.
Schools try their best to keep up with the changing times, but most often they fall short because of a lack of funding and the foundation for our current educational system is built on outdated methods. What worked yesterday may not work for today, and certainly will not work for tomorrow. Traditional education models are failing more than half of our children. With teens graduating high school lacking purpose and direction in their lives, how will they reach their full God-given potential and become contributing members of society?
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