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I'm not too young!

If students want to pursue their dreams, why wait?

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I am submitting this using my mom`s account because the platform says I`m too young to create a profile. (I'm almost 10 years old and in fourth grade.)

My idea is that kids can start working towards their dream job earlier in life. There are always age restrictions, and I don`t think that`s fair. If someone knows they want to have a certain job when they`re younger, why not at least let them start working towards their dream job?

That`s where my idea comes in. 

Here`s how it works. Kids might have to go to school until, let`s just say, 4th grade. Then, they could look at jobs they might like. Once they decided on one or even more, then they would find a teacher. For different jobs and subjects, there would be a specific teacher. The "teacher" could be a worker in that job or a volunteer. That teacher would be able to help students learn and prepare them for the career(s) they choose. Teachers would be able to teach multiple students at a time, and depending on their speed of learning, that`s how the teacher could set a schedule. If a student was learning fast, maybe their sessions could be longer. If a student needed more time and help, sessions may occur more frequently. Then if students were learning about more than one career, they could decide which careers they liked the most, and that would be how often the student had sessions with that career. 

Then we move on to what will happen when students complete their career "classes." (Classes are meant to be fun, interactive and hands-on!) When a student has learned all they need to know about their career, then they will have a final test to see if they can start their career. The test will be set personally by the teacher, focusing on all the skills the students will need for that career. If they pass the test, they will be given a location where they will start their dream work. The student will be able to continue that dream career until retirement if they wish. 

If they don't pass all areas of the test, the student still has lots of chances to learn about the areas they still need more help on. The teacher will give them extra support and the student will re-take the test and pursue their dream!

Now, you might be wondering what happens if a student wants to pursue a different career. I will tell you!

First, if the student was still having lessons working toward the career of their choice, when they wanted to switch, they would simply notify their teacher, then find another teacher after making the choice of which career they wish to follow. Next, if the student has already finished their career classes, they will have to resign from their job, then find a teacher and they will learn in new career classes. 

The final question. Will there be age restrictions? Well, that depends on the job. Still, if the job has an age restriction to becoming a full member of your work, the student will assist with whatever you`re allowed to do until you reach the age limit and become a full member. One last piece. If you aren`t a full member, you don`t have to have as much commitment. Once you`re past the age restriction, then you have work hours whenever you`re needed, with occasional breaks. 

Well, I think my idea really proves that it doesn't matter how old you are. It matters how determined you are. We should give all students the chance to fulfill their dreams no matter the age!

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Age restrictions on what students learn and lessons that involve just sitting around and listening.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I'm almost 10 and love reading, writing, and animals. I was inspired by this idea when I thought of how much I'm told, "when you're older." I want my sisters, friends and family to have a chance to grow up in a world where it doesn't matter your size, age, or anything that sets you apart from others!

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

A fun, supportive community.

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Photo of Tiffanie Harrison
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I really love this idea! It's almost like an apprenticeship. I see so many benefits to this. It can confirm what young students want to do for a career and it can even illuminate the realities of some careers that they would not like. Thank you for sharing this!

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Photo of Mohan Gopal
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Dream Job...starting young!
It is very important for kids, parents and teachers to identify, encourage and nurture the dream job of every kid. If the school, community, industries can facilitate taking the kids to the 'dream job facility' or get them to meet and talk to the most influencing personalities or giving them a hands on experience (may not be applicable for all job types though) by giving them a mock experience (I know Kidzania does this...).
I'm sure would reinforce, inspire and motivate the kids towards their dream job.

Loved reading through this idea dear "I'm not too young"
Thank you

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Photo of David Enders
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Great idea, young Ms. Siegel!
This reminds me of the apprenticeship that is used in Germany. Students can decide after elementary school if they want to pursue a highly academic career, in which case they go to a more difficult high school, or if they are interested by some other pursuits that might not require as rigorous an education, in which case they can go to a different high school, graduate somewhat earlier, and then become an apprentice in the trade that interests them, until they have been trained in that field. Your idea seems to lean along those lines, except students get to specialize even earlier. Sounds really cool!

David

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Photo of Denis O'Brien
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Brilliant idea. Turning the teacher into a learning Buddy.

A Buddy for each career path. Brilliant.

If your Mum replies to this it would be good to know your name.
We might be the oldest and youngest contributor but both our ideas fit perfectly together.

Your idea is more radical than Samuel Neisen's one!
Well done

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Photo of Meenu M Pillai
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Hi, Denis O'Brien & daughter of Rachel Siegel . Enjoyed the conversation and the Idea, In fact the best Idea. It really doesn't matter How Old are you..age is just a number. I vote for considering your contribution. ����

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Photo of Meenu M Pillai
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Hi, Denis O'Brien & daughter of Rachel Siegel . Enjoyed the conversation and the Idea, In fact the best Idea. It really doesn't matter How Old are you..age is just a number. I vote for considering your contribution. ����