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Youth Motivation Overview

With the right project anyone can excel.

Classroom education is designed by intellectuals, for intellectuals. For intellectual teenagers, the education system inspires a vision, helps them discover their natural talent, opportunity to develop it and then helps them find their first job, thereby, helping them to fulfill their natural desire to excel. The system does NOT do the same for non-intellectuals.

Today, 30% of the teenagers will drop out of high school. They will never adapt to academic classroom environments - they are NOT intellectuals! The alternative is to create an environment where non-intellectual teenagers can discovery their natural talent and develop it. This can be done with project based education, where academics is a byproduct.

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Conflicts with classroom environments.

This website is designed to help people who are in conflict with classroom environments. These people could excel if placed in a project based education system. History has proven the success of this concept. Leaders, whose ideas change the way we live, from developers of the light bulb to the computer, were in conflict with classroom environments. They acquired professional skills with projects. Academics was acquired as needed and to the level needed to achieve their goals.

Society must ABANDON the belief that:

  • students must meet a predetermined level of academic standards by a selected age.
  • students who don't meet those standards are failures.
  • a diploma is more valuable than positive self-esteem. In the blue-collar world, employers base hiring on attitudes, not class grades or diplomas.
  • all students can learn in a passive environment, they can't. (Listening to lectures.)
  • all students can relate classroom studies to real world experiences, they can't.
  • standardized test measures knowledge and/or potential success level, it doesn't.
  • number of years spent in classrooms and class grade level determines success level in the real world, it doesn't.
  • academics must be mastered before other opportunity is offered. Many successful people found opportunity first, then mastered academics later in life.
  • teenagers are not mature enough to make decisions that determine their destiny, many are.

Discovering and developing natural talent

Everyone entering the teen years has a desire to learn, excel and be somebody. For many teens, this natural desire is killed because society ignores individual learning personalities. A learning environment that is in harmony with natural talent is the key to personal achievement. The public education system provides this opportunity for intellectuals, but not for non-intellectuals. The system requires all students to reach academic standards before they are allowed non-academic opportunity. This is like requiring a lawyer to be a welder before he can study law. He may have natural talent to be a lawyer, but he will be a failure as a welder. If welding skills are pre requirements, then he will never be a lawyer and society will have lost unique talent. 

There will always be highly intelligent teenagers whose natural talent is out of harmony with the system. Because there is no opportunity for alternative education, many turn to crime and society loses unique talent. Academics' first, for everyone, is not feasible.

Alternatives for Classroom Education

This website promotes interactive learning methods versus passive learning methods. With passive learning, students listen to lectures without experiencing or understanding its importance. They acquire knowledge without learning how to apply its use. With interactive learning, students work with projects, which help them understand the need for knowledge and its importance. They learn how to process and apply knowledge. This is man's natural learning environment. 

Example: Training aboard tall ships is a high-powered interactive learning environment where the force's of nature is the motivator and instructor.

Opportunities in the blue-collar world.

The formal education is preparing students for the white-collar world, not the blue-collar that many will enter. There is tremendous opportunity in the blue-collar world for high school dropouts, but there is little advice available on how to find it. In fact, society wants to believe that there is no opportunity for anyone who does not play by the education rules, that is, mastery of academics first. For this reason, an increasing number of teenagers are falling through the cracks and giving up all hope. This is lost opportunity, because blue-collar industries are looking for positive self-esteem.

Teenagers and Responsibility

At-risk youth are ideal leader candidates, because they refuse to accept the status quo that is typical in classrooms. In the blue-collar world, there is a demand for employees who have leadership skills. This skill could be part of rehabilitation programs for at-risk youth.

Teenage responsibility is possible with Project Based Education. Educators must treat teenagers as adults and adapt programs to their interest. Typically, educators require teenagers to adapt to their interest, and this is where the problems' start. More on teenage responsibility and interest.

Businesses need front-line employees that will assume responsibility, because technology is eliminating middle management. More on worker responsibility.

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