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6,448 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by twisebaker

Do you think it would be more beneficial for today`s kids to be trained from the start for a specific career?

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17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/10/05 - 2:51:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it would be more beneficial to society, but not the kid themselves.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/10/05 - 2:53:25 AM EST (GMT-5)

When I was in kindergaarten I wanted to be a ballet dancer.
And in first grade I wanted to be a dentist.


17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/10/05 - 3:07:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well...there's two sides to this. One, it would make things a whole lot easier in school. I wouldnt have to go through all this damn math i have to >_>. But then again, if they dont go through all the math, they would never learn how to problem solve and all those key things. Plus, they could always change their mind about the career and all there years work would go to waste.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 11:48:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
*ponders n' nods* I can see both points. I wondered because half of the stuff I learned I can't remember - and some of the subjects I HATE.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 12:03:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Read the book The Giver by Lois Lowry and tell me what you think then
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 12:20:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depands on what one means by 'from the start'.

One can certainly target schoolwork to place more emphasis on areas where a kid has a high level of natural ability.

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 8:22:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
No way. In today's society a person who's working at a desk job today might end up as a teacher tomorrow. Jobs are transferable. But if students is educated in only one area of expertise, then they will be trapped in that one area, regardless if they have to or want to change careers.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 8:42:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think so. People are going to be more productive if they're doing something they actually enjoy. Besides, who's to say that's what they're good at?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/12/05 - 9:43:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Arabian - While I see your point, most college graduates don't end up in the specific career they were trained for. Usually it's an offshoot or something completely different altogether. The only ones that do end up in their chosen major are doctors, veterinarians, etc...Otherwise, it's all up in the air.

Tolive - Do you mean that what they enjoy may not be what they're good at?

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/17/05 - 10:48:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's so retarded. I've changed my ideal career thingy so many times over the years...First I wanted to be a princess, then a police dog, the a doctor...Mind you, I was quite young..XD
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 5:34:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
First of all, I adhere to the romantic notion of self-discovery. If you train a child to be a certain adult, you may keep them from happiness, you limit their creative and cognitive ability, and you risk them discovering that they aren't meant for what they've been trained for.
As for enjoying what you are good at, not everyone does. I have always had a natural aptitude for math, but it bores me. Some people prefer challenges that stretch the limits of their abilities, rather than sticking with their strengths.
Finally, a well-rounded individual can contribute much more to society than someone so specialized that they know nothing about other fields.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 10:00:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
So what about other countries that do train children from an early age? Are they less interesting? Is it possible that the way they try to mold children is what ultimately is leading to how their society is today?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 10:13:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, not from the start. I do think we should stop making everyone read "Hamlet" and go to college, though. By about the age of 14, an awful lot of students have already gotten tracked into their futures, either by their own choosing or by the structure of school itself. It's nice to say that anyone can go to college to become a doctor, but there comes a tie to be more realistic about it, too. That time more closely corresponds with high school than with elementary school.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 10:18:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Makes you wonder how they're gonna train cinema for adult viewing stars without getting arrested...
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 10:25:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nope, not at all.

First of all, you don't know what sort of stuff they have an aptitude for or interest in untill they are at least 16 or so. Secondly, there is a lot of things that are good to know, and interesting, even if it doesn't pertain directly to your chosen career.

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 10:48:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kids don't have any aptitude until they are 16? That sounds pretty ridiculus--kids seem to find things they are good at long before then...
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 11:06:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
They have aptitude, certainly, but you don't really know what they're best at, or what they are interested in doing until later.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 11:08:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
no way, people cant make up their career goals through college. kindergarden I wanted to be a nun (no joke) after chaning my plan to ballerina through psychologist, now im in animation. although, i am interested on how you would train a kid to be a brain surgeon at age 5 and what would determine the kids career?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 11:08:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
I will agree that you won't know what they are interested in doing, but I feel that you can get a good idea of what they are best at fairly early in life...
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 10:01:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
And earlier in life they may have the aptitude to learn better what they are studying.

Though I know for a fact that I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 4/30/05 - 5:06:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
we don't go to school so we can get a job when we're out,
i think we should be able to choose what we wanna do and when we wanna do it, people shouldn't control other peoples lives either,
we use what we learn in school throughout every day of our life in everything we do,
reading, cooking, building, playing games, helping people, chatting online, figuring things out, understanding things, and also, we go to school so we can learn to learn,
learning doesn't stop when you leave school, we learn something new every day, and if you wanna learn something on your own, you need to know how to find out what you want to know.
school isn't all that important anyways, although learning is important, it just really doesn't matter where you learn, we don't NEED teachers at school spoon feeding us all the information they get from books in the first place, there weren't always schools, and as far as all the subjects in schools go, people back when then were alot more smart.(gah, r
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 5/2/05 - 1:59:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
From the start of what?

"Hi, now that youre 5 choose what you want to be for the rest of your life so that we can start training you for it"

people who choose Yes here, are dumb

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 5/3/05 - 7:25:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Mixedtape - Way to take things to extremes. *rme* From the start as in from, say, middle school on.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 5/3/05 - 8:12:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. This is a stupid question. Kids are known for their fickle nature.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 5/3/05 - 8:24:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Also, we'd just end up with a society of people who know nothing but exactly what they need to know in order to function.

I don't need to know about nearly as much history, literature, geology, biology or physics as I do in order to function. But I wouldn't want to not know these things.

What we are talking about is basically replacing education and knowledge with training.

Seriously, who thinks of this stuff?

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