Starting in April 2016, LDA is pleased to announce that we’ll be training 15, 16, and 17 year olds bringing the world of online entrepreneurship and lifestyle design to regional Australian high schools. This program will run for the duration of term 2 and 3 and will give teenagers the opportunity to start, build, and run their very own businesses.
The pitch given to the students about they’ll get from the program is that by the end of the program, they’ll make their first dollar from their business, but real purpose of the program runs deeper than that.
It’s no secret that the current educational system doesn’t allow every personality type to thrive through it. It works incredibly well for detailed oriented worker-bees with great memories, but it fails everyone else. It doesn’t engage big picture thinkers, it doesn’t excite kinesthetic learners, and it doesn’t inspire creative types who thrive in changing and dynamic environments.
It fails them because the current teaching model is limited. Currently teachers follow this pattern:
- Teach information related to a curriculum-identified area of need
- Create hypothetical situations and examples that aren’t related in any meaningful way to the challenges and issues faced by the students
- Make the apply the information to the meaningless examples
- Learn more information
- Apply that new information to more meaningless examples
- Sit exam designed to test how much of the information the student has retained.
This has serious drawbacks for the 75% of students who aren’t engaged by the material and/or teaching style. They end up failing, and not only feeling like failures, but believing they’re failures. They end up believing that their potential is limited to the scraps society throws them, not because they’re not smart, but because the educational system has failed them.
FastTrack aims to address this.
The program has been specifically designed to create the dynamic and engaging learning environment needed to get kids excited about learning and engaged with the learning process. And because they’re excited about learning and engaged with the process, they’ll get results and feel like winners. Not because they’re any smarter than they were before or because we’ve tapped into a new well of talent, but simply because we’re presenting information in a way that engages their young minds.
It will use a completely different teaching model designed to get students excited to learn. That model is:
- Identify specific and immediate challenges the students face in creating the life they want
- Research information that can help them overcome these challenges
- Apply that information and actually solve a real-world problem in their life
- Identify the next challenge
- Learn the next set of information needed to make progress
- Solve the next problem
This means that the students will only ever be learning relevant and necessary information and they’ll be using it immediately to solve real-world issues. They won’t be asked to learn information they’ll never use. They won’t be asked to solve hypothetical problems they’ll never face. And they won’t be tested on information 6 months down the track to see how much irrelevant information they’ve been able to retain.
They’ll be dealing with the immediate challenges and barrier they’re actively looking for solutions to, and therefore they’ll be excited to learn.
The obvious question here is: “But everyone has different challenges and barriers. How do you structure the program so that every kid is engaged?”
The answer is that this is far simpler than it appears. Whilst every student might have a different problem, I’m yet to meet one who doesn’t want to know how to make 5, 6, or 7-figures every year that lands in their bank account while they sleep so they have the time and funds to be able to travel the world doing what they want, when they want to.
Freedom, money, adventure, meeting new and interesting people, overcoming challenges, and taking control of their life are all common threads in most teenagers desire lists.
Specific details about course content are yet to be released but details of the process these students will follow to build their online, automated, businesses will be available closer to the start date.
If you’re interested in engaging disengaged students and getting them excited about learning again, contact us and we can talk about the possibilities of bringing FastTrack to your school.