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Purposeful Education

While at a younger age, students should be able to explore several different creative processes until they find whatever they enjoy most.

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Well, as we all know, in elementary school we are taught the basics of each subject, then we go through the next couple of years piggy-backing every other lesson we learn off of the basics that we were taught. Instead of just learning the basics at a young age we should be taught how to find a purpose in the things that we love most while our minds are still forming. I'm not saying that in elementary school we will know right away the career that we would want to pursue, but it would be great if we had a little preview of what is to come. 

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

My idea is designed for kids that are in the fifth or sixth grade. If kids at that age understand that everything that they do has a meaning, most will do better.

This idea emerged from:

  • A student brainstorm

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Activities that involve flashes in several career paths. Also exercises that show that every choice has a meaning.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Try talking to a sixth grade classroom while trying the activities and exercises explained above.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have done several internships in healthcare.


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Fiancee, I couldn't agree more! Exposing a child to future career opportunities, helping them understand what it means to choose one path over another and what is involved in getting there is critical to proper development and growth towards defining and achieving their goals in life. As pointed out by Kate, targeting young adults pre and post high school is just as important if not more so. Do you have any thoughts on how to expose and engage the child at these different times in their lives?

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