PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Kyle Mark Langman
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 1216
 
 
 

Teach kids to take risks! - Thoughts from a teacher

13 May 2014, 07:34

How do we teach kids to take risks?

In my previous article I mentioned that learners need to take risks. I'm teaching a section on entrepreneurship to 14 year old boys, and I began telling them to get the idea of leaving school, studying and getting a job, out of the heads, purely because jobs are scarce, and job security is also not too common.

They need to start thinking differently about it. Get the thought out your head that one day I am going to work for this company or do this job. Begin to think about what business you want to start, and what ideas you believe will change the world.

Many people have all the qualities of an entrepreneur, but lack the key ingredient, “Risk Taker”.

I mentioned that I taught a boy in 2012 who became a YouTube celebrity during his Matric year. He is from Knysna, a small town on the Garden Route, and was making double my salary as his teacher. He is a video blogger, and makes a small fortune, using social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. and now has over 2 Million subscribers to his channel (People from all corners of the earth are following him). He left school and did not study, but chose to build his brand. A big risk, but hey, he is loving it and hugely successful. (Who would have thought that this was possible?)

Things have changed!

Why is it so difficult for us to take risks?

Well, I believe it is difficult because we were always taught to be secure, do things that we know we can do, and make sure that we don’t fail. We constantly think about the “what ifs” and the thought of failing causes us to never try. It does not matter how many great ideas we have, if we cannot take the risk to implement them, nothing will ever happen. (And I'm talking to myself here as well)

Entrepreneurship is vital in South Africa, as we need to create jobs, and ensure that we grow our economy, and that is why schools need to make sure they teach the required skills that learners need to take risks. Entrepreneurship should be the driving force in the classroom, and our goal should be to empower and expose learners to all the necessary skills to become entrepreneurs. Set up a platform for them to learn in a safe environment, where they can grow the confidence to take risks.

I would love to see learners engaged in business simulations during school hours, where they form focus group to brainstorm ideas, discuss the best way to implement these ideas, practice forming a business and growing it, remain creative, cutting edge and at the forefront of technology, always one step ahead of the rest. Constantly change the way they do things, to make sure that they never get too comfortable, and learn to adapt to a changing world. Bring experts into schools to run/lead these focus groups, where learners can tap into their wealth of knowledge and experience. Teach learners how to do research, and to find answers to their questions. Teach learners to present their ideas and business plans in a way that captures investors’ attention, or even gets the support from the rest of the world. Teach learners to think on their feet.

The question is how to implement this into schools where the syllabus is so demanding, and focussed on exams? There is just no time to do this.

Let’s not even begin to discuss teaching these learners a trade. There are just so many of them forced to go the academic route, when a trade is something they could excel in and allow their creativity to blossom.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
John Murphy
Rugby

The despised English introduced Rugby in 1858 and it became so popular that in 1902 there was a temporary ceasefire in the Second Boer War so that a game could be played between British and Boer forces. Read more...

5 comments 1240 views
Submitted by
NomfundoMlaba
Dark side of a rainbow nation

As a privileged born free of South Africa, I am deeply agonised to see how much we as the privileged youth don’t appreciate the simple things in life. Read more...

15 comments 1861 views
Submitted by
Matjila Alejandro
Amplats’ cowardice should not be ...

I urge the powers-that-be to hurry and table legislation that would make what Amplats is doing illegal soon and to force other players to respect the workers’ right to strike and to fair bargaining. Read more...

20 comments 517 views
Submitted by
Reflect 014
Treachery part 4 - Ideology – the...

The author of pawns asserts that whichever side wins out, the internationalists of either persuasion will call for a world government as the only solution to handling humanities problems. Read more...

10 comments 213 views
Submitted by
Terence Wessels
It's hard not to give up!

I cry for my country, she is dying in front of us, and we are all powerless to stop her murderer. Read more...

15 comments 998 views
Submitted by
Bolsheviks Partysa
Government's proposed retirement ...

Members to the pension fund should remain in control of the funds and treasury and or government should allow members to withdraw the funds as and when they wish to do so. Read more...

13 comments 1366 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.