Three Current Trends in Education

Although the way we educate is changing, the traditional setting of how we educate has not changed. Often Schools still use the same classroom format used last century, and books are still an essential part of the educational system, based on rigid curriculums.

This is changing, and online education is affecting these changes that are challenging the traditional way we educate.

1. Home Schooling

As more people go online everyday, and our working structures change. The boom in online education has started, that is challenging the way we look at traditional education.

Home schooling is becoming a trend in many countries, as education becomes more expensive, and often still book and exam focused. And the internet provides plenty of sources for families or communities disappointed with the current education system.

International examinations are readily available for students who study at home, and are often recognized internationally. Often they provide curriculums, and even materials on their websites to parents or community leaders, who organize home schools.

This freedom of choice, and of resources does threaten the role of traditional schools, that often are structured around yesterdays education, rather than focusing on tomorrows educational needs for our children.

2. Self-Study

One of the skills that our new generations of net users are learning is self study techniques. These techniques challenge the role of the teacher, who often was the main provider of information through certain books.

Recognizing the achievements of self-study is not easy, but examples of many of today’s successful young entrepreneurs, show that many of them learned more from the web, then from studying at traditional colleges.

In fact, many of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs never went to a traditional college, which often justifies the strengths of self-education.

IB schools recognize this self study trend, and have shifted the basis of education towards an activity rather than a examination based education, and our younger learners are learning to become more independent, because of this change.

3. The Failure of Traditional Education

Traditional Schools and Educational Institutes often based their education on the fact that they produce students who can adjust to life as an adult, and are educated towards the skills needed for the future.

The reality is over 70% of graduates do not work in the field of their study, and often need retraining in the real World. Another reality is that most people are unhappy in their jobs.

A successful education system should produce in theory people who work in the field they excelled to study in, and are happily contributing to society. The opposite has happened, given that only 30% of graduates work in the field they study in, and only 20% of people are happy in their current job.

This may be the ultimate failure of the traditional educational system that produced unhappy graduates that needed retraining, and employees that disliked their work.

Challenging the traditional monopoly of the education system has never been greater, with the birth of on-line education. The inevitable movement from exam based to practical activity based learning, may create Students that enter the real world, equipped with the skills to survive future changes in the 21st Century.

Real Estate Professionals Need to Educate Home Buyers and Sellers

Real estate professionals seem to think that the buying and selling public knows all about real estate, just because they have so many real estate websites to visit.

That isn’t necessarily true.

For instance, some buyers think they can save money by buying without an agent. The idea is that the listing agent will keep only half the commission and will give the other half to the buyer.

They need to know that it doesn’t work that way – and the broker could in fact lose his or her license for paying an unlicensed person.

The next bit of misinformation is, I believe, a direct result of watching TV. Buyers across the nation have come to believe that there are thousands of homes to be purchased for a few cents on the dollar. In some areas the listing prices really ARE in that category, but… wait a minute. The listing prices already reflect that drop.

The other thing that the TV fails to reveal is that all real estate is local. If you live in Texas, prices in Arizona are completely irrelevant.

So, what can you do to inform your buyers and sellers?

You can use your newsletter, your blog, and your autoresponders to send out true information. You can share the reasons for having a buyer’s agent and let those prospects know all the things you as an agent do for them… from the first viewing down to the final closing.

You can come right out and talk about the misinformation. Discussing the news on TV and how it relates to your local market will help your buyers and sellers see that not all places are alike. Then give them the real goods on your own local market.

Maybe your area wasn’t affected by the bubble at all… or maybe it is one that was hardest hit when the bubble burst. Whichever way it is, national news doesn’t tell the local story.

When it comes to your sellers… You do need to educate them about how buyers search for homes now. And I think it should be done when you first take the listing. Otherwise, they may insist on expensive newspaper ads that don’t work in your area – or on open houses that no one attends.

They also need to be educated about their own responsibility for presentation – especially if yours is an area with plenty of competition.

Some people seem to think you’re paid by the “real estate gods.”

Even with all the information out there, some buyers and sellers don’t realize that you not only don’t get a salary, you pay your own expenses. They think you drive company cars, with company gas, and that the agency pays for all your advertising.

Many simply don’t realize that while it costs you money to serve them, you don’t make any money unless you’re involved in a closing. I’d like to think that’s the reason why so many are willing to “use” you to get information – then go back to “their own agent” to make a purchase.

Rudeness is rampant. Here’s a solution to buyers who make appointments and fail to show up.

Restaurants, like real estate agents, have a problem with no-shows. In their case it cuts into revenue because they’ve turned away reservations in order to hold a table for rude people who simply don’t show up. In your case, you’ve gone to a lot of trouble to make appointments and re-arranged your schedule to accommodate them. Your sellers and possibly even your own family members have re-arranged their time as well.

One restaurant I read about reduced their no-show problem by more than 50% by adding one simple line to their conversation when making reservations.

That line was “Will you call me if you are unable to keep this reservation?” Because the reservations clerk waited for the answer and got people to actual commit to calling, the incidents of no-shows went down dramatically.

In your case, it would be good to say “Will you call me at least X hours in advance if you won’t be able to make this appointment?” Then get their commitment before you end the conversation.

Of course, it also wouldn’t hurt to follow my dentist’s example. His office staff calls the day before an appointment, just to confirm and make sure patients haven’t forgotten.

Marte Cliff is a Freelance Copywriter who specializes in writing for real estate and related industries.

She’ll help you with one letter, or an entire marketing plan. For Real Estate agents and brokers who are ready to get full value from their websites, she’ll be happy to put together an entire package – from the web copy to the lead generation packages that make an agent’s phone ring.

Special Education Home Field Trips – White Water Rafting

Did you know there are white water rafting programs for special education kids, autistic kids, and kids with down-syndrome? Did you know that one ride down the river for these kids will be an event of a lifetime? Think about it. Best of all when kids of this nature experience something so radically different and new, it causes them use parts of their brains that have yet to be used much. Yes, that’s right it helps with brain development, just as if they were learning how to ride a bike, sing a song, or learn how to do a new skill. Okay so, let’s talk.

Some folks involved in providing such trips down the river for special needs kids tell of how it becomes a life changing experience, so to do the parents. Occasionally, it’s almost to the point that there was “little Junior before the white water rafting trip, and little Junior after.” Some parents note the difference is that profound – to which I say; wow. When I first heard about all this, I thought to myself, no, it couldn’t be that good, but the parents swear by it and the kids after doing it, they’ll never stop talking about it.

My question is; why does it work so well? Perhaps, because special kids maybe apprehensive about the water, fearful, and yet excited at the same time, well, that is just about everything you need for strong memory imprintation isn’t it? Okay so, I’ve read research papers on how the simple task of learning how to play a musical instrument, learning how to ride a bike, or interacting with an avatar on a computer helps develop these brains, and the empirical evidence has been show to prove it so. Thus, maybe these white water river rafting trips are akin to those other activities, but even more so, perhaps that’s why only one trip down the river is enough to trigger changes.

It’s not that normal (whatever that is) kids don’t also go away with experiences and memories that they cherish for years to come, they do too when it comes to river rafting, but for the special education kids who may not get the chance to do all those other activities that regular kids do consider it the most fun they’ve ever had in their lives, and it shows on their faces and their excitement every time anyone mentions it for long into the future. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.