posted on Sep, 14 2018 @ 08:49 AM
Kids need to have a choice of between extracurricular activities (like sports, band, musical) and something like a science club, electronics,
computer, chemistry club & business club - and the point of the business club would be to work with all the other clubs and try to find ways to make
the clubs "profitable" (read self sustaining and possibly make profit for new equipment and possibly scholarships). I've come up with about 20
ideas which local students could all make use of local resources, some being a yearly business that continues from one class to another - teaching
each new class the skills and possibly expanding the enterprise if some students want to stay on, increase output, produce new things, etc - and in
the process, they teach those below them this process - it is like a never-ending apprenticeship by people learning on the job - but the thing is,
this all has to start with some "mentors" to help things get going and possibly some over-sight by some local college's teacher program (so there
is over-sight by teachers who are educated in the specific "topic".
I spend a lot of time reading reviews from about 5-6 different sites for businesses and it is a very sad state of affairs when reading these reviews.
It is easy to pick out the compaies that buy reviews and there are actually algorithms that can detect these now, but for some reason Google, Yelp,
Angie's List don't use them which really makes me wonder why they don't want honest reviews. If I have excellent service, I write a rave review
and often give contact details within the review - as well as with negative ones (sometimes very bad) but sometimes refrain due to the 'mentality of
I'd like to see something along the lines of a "DO" (which is where people left for 1/2 day to work in my high shcool, but it was usually as a
cashier or something - it was basically to skip classes) but with an actual apprenticeship and learning going on within the job. It could be the first
2 hours of school, or the last 2 hours, it would depend upon when the student was needed, their class schedule, sports if they participate, etc.
Now some of you may be thinking that these would be isolated to individual school districts, but I think that would be the bigget mistake that could
be made IF the goal is to help students learn as much as possible. It could be country wide, cross county - it all depends on the geographical size.
If a student is die-hard into learning glass blowing and there is a "student business/course/class" a county over, then I see no reason that they
should be kept out of that class as long as they can provide transportation ( or if local buses can drop off at district line - and have co-students
pick them up, or shuttles). There are lots of ways to accomplish this.
If the businesses turn a profit in the county and the graduating students want to continue the line of work, then there should be ways of helping them
find start their own business, or to continue as a mentor as they build their client base for a set amount of time (say 6 moths or a year).
It has become clear to me that unless you are "VERY SPECIAL" and have been given a leg up in some way, the chances of you not being a wage slave,
even if you do everything by the book (get good grades, work hard, extra carriculats, jobs, etc), get in less trouble than the "special people" are
extremely slim. There are always going to be the people on the forum who chime in and say "Well I did it, I was doing 1/2lb of coke a week for 5
years, turned my life around and I have more $$ than I know what to do with" - or some variation - "pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Over 10
years of deep analytical observation of how businesses have evolved both locally, regionally and nationally, all show that most everyone has had some
MAJOR help along the way whether they want to admit it or not, some people just want to think they are so special that they did it dem'slefs and ju
dust too dumb to be likz me. It's either that or they are involved in some unethical business practices or industries which many people would never
consider spending a dollar in, let alone working or owning a business in that industry.
So how can we help our kids?