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Preparing Your Child for “The Real World”
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We live in a complex and changing world. With the rapid rise of technology and the increasing demands of the 21st century, it’s critical that we prepare our youth for life beyond the classroom, beyond standardized testing, beyond the minimum curriculum. Here are four important considerations for preparing children for “the real world.”

Fostering a diverse environment

Diverse educational environments enhance students’ leadership skills, among other skills that are helpful when working in racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse workplaces. A workforce trained in a diverse environment is critical to their business success. Such college graduates, companies argue, provide more creative approaches to problem-solving by integrating different perspectives and moving beyond linear, conventional thinking. [tfc.org]

Keeping up with technology

Technology is an integral part of how we work and live. The 21st century demands practical technology skills, from creating presentations to identifying reliable sources on the Internet and email etiquette. Teaching students how to use technology from an early age will better prepare them for their careers. It can also help reduce the fear of new technology in the future by familiarizing them with the process.

Building on individual traits

A learning community that promotes independence, builds confidence and strength in children which, in turn, allows students to celebrate diversities and share commonalities. Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature. In our competitive society, it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work on their individual characteristics.

Encouraging citizenship

It is important to encourage children to think about issues that matter to them and help find ways for them to get involved in those causes. Providing a child with the tools to develop their leadership skills through public speaking and community service projects will lead them down a path towards responsible citizenship.

The Redd School community embraces the diverse range of unique cultural, religious, and life experiences that prepares our students for participation in a complex and changing world.

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