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Education

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More than ever, education is important. Education allows children to be exposed to different teaching philosophies. The emphasis of essentialism and perennialism is on standardization and the learning of material. This style of learning is authoritarian and disciplinarian. The study is acted upon and has no choice or preference in the material or the method by which they choose to learn it.

They are simply an object that either meets or fails to meet standards placed upon them by entities whom they have never met. The student that rebels and chooses not to learn are penalized by the inability to attain work and achieve a meaningful position in society. Education is compulsory in the United States and it is feared that some students might not see the benefits and would choose not to learn at all. However, this goes against human nature. Humans have a natural desire to learn about the world around them. The idea that a person would simply be satisfied with their current level of knowledge for the rest of their life is unlikely. The real question is whether they would choose to learn the required subjects.

In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, America needs a workforce with the creativity and leadership ability to continuously evaluate positions and develop new products. An educational system that squelches creativity and relies on rote learning is not likely to produce this type of worker. Essentialist philosophy produces a worker that can do what they are told and follow directions given to them by another. It does not promote the ability to make one’s own decisions and to take responsibility for one’s actions. A school system that integrates student centered philosophies will produce free-thinkers with the knowledge that they can accomplish anything that they decide to do. Creativity will be necessary in maintaining the competitive edge in the global marketplace.

It is apparent that the school system must make some major structural changes in order to adapt to the needs of the changing business environment. However, it must do this without sacrificing quality in academics. This is where standardized testing could provide an important tool to make certain that minimal academic standards are met. However, it should not end with standardized test results. Students need to be able to develop all areas of themselves in order to become the best person possible. Standardized tests could still provide the basis for standardized education, but schools must find a way to consider the whole student.

It is apparent that the educational system needs to change and that it needs to move away from the authoritarian ideals that have prevailed for the past hundred years or more. It might not be possible to do away with the old regime entirely, especially not in the beginning, but we must find a way to integrate student centered philosophies into the system. The purpose of the educational system is to produce the types of workers that America needs to remain competitive. However, until some structural changes in the system are made, it is unlikely that the current system will be able to accomplish this goal. It is imperative that teacher centered philosophies are replaced with student centered initiatives. This is the only way to assure America’s place in a changing world.

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Coaching

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coaching4_smlEverybody wants to become better, smarter, more beautiful and athletic. We always want to be successful in everything we do. However, our lifelong experiences are not enough to equip us with situations we face every day as an employee, a mother, an athlete or maybe as a businessman. This is when coaching comes in. Coaching redirects our path to our goals and leads us where we want to go. Coaching can be formal, informal, simple or even complicated in so many ways possible. It can come as a simple instruction from your basketball trainer on how to pass the ball to your teammate so that your opponent cannot intercept it or a caring advice from your mother on how to work out on your relationships or it can turn as a complex set of instructions from your boss on how to manage your sales and finances effectively. When you hear these words from your trainer, mother or boss, you are actually being coached!

Coaching is any form of teaching or training in which someone gets support from a person to attain a goal. There are many ways on how coaching is done. There are different methodologies, models and techniques on how to facilitate learning. Coaching encompasses many fields.  Sports, personal development, psychology, organizational leadership and religious practices are some of the fields where coaching is commonly done.  Below are some examples of coaching applied to different fields.

Coaching in sports is the most common, popular and noticeable among others. Watching Phil Jackson giving detailed instructions to Scottie Pippen during a timeout is a concrete example on how coaching is done. It is expected in sports coaching that the coach knows more about the game and has more experience than the coachee. It is the role of the coach to train his athletes either to become better physically or to be smarter at the mental part of the sport.

Business coaching aims to provide advice to a business owner by a business coach to improve his effectiveness in his chosen business field.  There are organizations specifically founded for this purpose.  In the United States, there are thousands of people working as business coaches.  Business coaching is one of booming modern professions in the world today.

Health and wellness coaching is also one of the fastest growing industry nowadays.  With the advancement in health and medicine, it aims to help people understand more about their illnesses, present symptoms and prognosis and teaching them on how to prevent complications or further injury. Health and wellness coaches are expected to encourage people cope up with their medical conditions.

Coaching has always been viewed as a career. For the past several years, many coaches were found to have been making good money either full time or part time.  With a wide potential market and growing number of potential clients, many are looking to it as a viable career in the years to come. However, being a coach entails responsibilities. A coach must always be compassionate, understanding and patient.

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