"The Future Is Not What It Used To Be"
By: Betty Williams, M.A., C.A.G., ABD
Eagle Academy Alumni Program Manager
We can no longer rely on the assumption that the academic, social, and financial future of our children will resemble the past.
There will always be a need for basic academic skills such as reading, comprehension, mathematics, science and language arts. We expect that every child will learn these skills. The standardized test score results of Eagle students are proof that we accomplish these goals in the here and now. However, we also have to prepare our students for what is to come which is very different from what has been.
In preparing our children for the future Eagle also ensures that every child is technologically savvy. Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Department helps our children compete in science and technology. It is designed to improve competitiveness in science and technology. Computers are great at being programmed but they are not flexible like people.
Over the next few decades, the flexibility of working with people and being computer savvy will be in demand. Our complex, computerized, and perhaps robotic societal structure will require that our children be equipped with high cognitive skills, strong social skills and the ability to work with others. High paying jobs will need people who have social perceptiveness, know how to negotiate, and coordinate with others. High cognitive skills will be in demand (Birch, D. 2017).
The financial future of bitcoins, cryptocurrency and digital currency belong to mobile phones allowing us to pay merchants as well as each other. Payment and credit card information will be on mobile phones and we wont need to interact with a retailer so our children will need to know how to navigate a system of electronic money. Money may not be issued by countries any longer but by communities instead. So whose going to control the money – you guessed it! Yes! We project that our Eagle students will managing the money of their own communities.
Eagle Academy Public Charter School is poised to facilitate and guide our children into their future. Our Alumni Program is designed to create continued support for academic, social, and financial support by keeping in touch with your children during their academic careers, forming social skills programs, and organizing fundraisers for scholarships under the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation.
We urge our parents to work with us, volunteer, make suggestions and continue to allow all of us to stand by our children to ensure their success.
Poet Khalil Gibran wrote “Your children are not your children, they are the sons and the daughters of life longing for itself, they come thru you but they are not from you and tho’ they are with you they belong not to you. You can give them your love but not your thoughts for they have their own thoughts. You can house their bodies but not their souls for their souls dwell in a place of tomorrow, which you cannot visit not even In your dreams. You can strive to be like them but you cannot make them just like you.”