Young people today have big desires, but not for anything that the consumer society—created by the previous generation—has to offer them. They don’t want to live just to go to work every day. They have much greater dreams than we did at their age, and when they don’t see a way to fulfill them, they prefer to do nothing. The only triggers that can cause them to actively participate in society are involving youngsters in solving the world’s biggest problems and providing them with guidance for achieving their fullest potential.
Rather than attempting to continue to fill kids with information that was sufficient for our generation, we need to provide the next generation with a global mindset for enabling sustainability in tomorrow’s global village. Now more than ever, it is clear that when something happens on one side of the world, it affect ripples through the rest of the planet. Youngsters all over the world need to be connected to collaborate on the next stage of our existence. They need to have a vital role in society and need to be organized in a way that contributes to the well-being of others. They need to be occupied and concerned with real world issues, and not treated simply as children.
There is a need to provide a global platform for creating a social change on a global scale. Education systems need to have advanced solutions that enable mass cross-cultural interactivity and collaboration on a daily basis between children of different regions and countries. This connection to their peers in other places and cultures is what is lacking in youngsters’ lives today, and is the main cause for the escalating dropout rates.
New educational environments essentially replicating the emerging integral and interdependent world should be built. Together with specifically trained instructors, students will engage in role-playing games, roundtable peer discussions, and many other activities that take place in the adult world, leaving students ample space to develop as individuals. All activities would be filmed, edited, and discussed by the students themselves at the end of each day, teaching them to overcome fears, view themselves and the world around them objectively, and realize their place in the world at a very young age.