Tips and Approaches
"Life is given, we learn everything else." - Raj GavurlaThe public-education crisis in America
(Jim Pinto Nov22-2006) My response to Jim Pinto's November 22, 2006 e-zine (click on link above) that brings light to the public-education crisis in America. Raj's Response
I've been hearing and reading about this issue. Following are my observations and approach. We all are missing focus. 1. When someone else is doing good, study and research them.
Implement what we like. 2. Be creative I'm sure I have better answers than what I've read and seen elsewhere so far.
Here's my approach: 1. Coaching
I'm familiar with India's education because of family and friends. I remember going to India in 1993 and children would go for coaching. I know America's economy is well ahead of India's. However, India is growing. Yes, in America we've picked up on coaching for executives. In India coaching isn't only for executives! In America, coaching needs to be picked up for employees too. Please don't misunderstand me and give me the excuse executives have more responsibility therefore coaching is justified. Employees who aren't at an executive level also experience responsibilities that require coaching. We're in business to grow. If you aren't growing your employees and clients then your company won't grow! If we don't grow our children's education experiences then the future will not be as bright. Since children are our future, regardless of where they live, they need coaching. They are our future leaders, executives, employees, and celebrities. What does coaching do? If you're an engineer, athlete, physician, lawyer, celebrity, nurse, police officer, weekend athlete etc. there are specific habits you do that just don't work. Keep doing those habits and you get the same results. To grow, coaching will upgrade/correct those habits and make you think for results. Secondly, even if you're a child prodigy, as featured on 60 Minutes last night, coaching helps you grow your talents and skills. It stimulates you to go to a New Best Level and continue growing. 2. Speaking and Effective Communications
We need to implement speaking into our classrooms so students can learn how to learn from each other.
Of course, independent learning and teacher instruction is still essential. Because of technology we are communicating easier universally, globally, regionally, locally, at home, and in school. Therefore, we need to learn to be effective communicators. Teach students what is best for each type of media and let them grow it. People communicate differently depending on the medium used. For example, coaching addresses a specific issue or situation, mentoring is more of a process, speaking on the phone is different from writing a book, and delivering a speech is different than writing. Having an engineering conversation on the phone is a lot different than doing a morning radio show or acting in a movie. Each has its unique techniques, nuances, and style. All can be learned and enhanced by students to meet their wants, needs, and expectations. 3. Creativity and Options
Teach students we learn in order to create new results or better results. Show them and give them the incentive. I am a huge sports fan and even make some of my living through sports. I applaud the NCAA for their commercial that most student athletes will be professionals doing something besides sports. I think because of demand some students will be able to do both in the future. That creates more options for students and everyone else. 4. How to study?
Teach students how to study. Looking back on my education no one taught me how to study.
I have the pillars of learning as:
Identify the skill
Learn the skill
Practice and/or rehearse
Grow your business and life 5. Compete and Teamwork
As the one school featured on 20/20 noted, they teach students to compete for results. Not just say compete or teamwork and walk away but to let them know and show them why to compete and the role teamwork plays. The good it does.
Just reading the above motivates me because of the incentive and options it creates for me and others to do more good. We go to school to listen to the teacher and more.
Your feedback is encouraged. Let me know what effect this makes in your business and life.
Raj Gavurla, president of LiiiVENô, Inc., works with organizations and sports teams that want the motivation to win.
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