So let’s talk a bit more about the importance of developing the entrepreneurship. We have come from an age where we have large industries, where the workers came together and they did the same thing over and over, working on the assembly line. More and more today, our factories have machines that can do that—the group routines that can be executed repetitively over and over again. We, human beings don’t do that anymore;our machines can do that instead. So our schools can no longer be training students to all be alike, to think alike. Our schools now need to train our students to give expression to their uniqueness, to their passions, to what they love and how to solve problems, and that is really what the entrepreneuris.
In helping our students learn to be morecreative into real world, and give expression to who they are to their unique talents,it is important that we don’t just help our students do well on tests, and make As. We’ve gotten away from the emphasis on just preparing high school studentsto be good test takers. And this is also important in terms of preparingstudents for universities.
American universities are very sensitive to this. They want to be preparing students to be successful in work world. They don’t want to prepare students who are just good at taking tests in the universities.So, a high school student might have perfect scores on tests, they might have nothing but straight As on their transcripts. That’s all they can show. They won’t be very qualified for the more selective American universities.
American universities would like to see from high school students, they want to see the demonstrations of what they know and how they apply what they know. They want to see the demonstrations of how that student has impacted his community, how that the student has expressed himself creatively, how that student is unique and different from other students.They want to a student who can go into a college classroom and express theirideas with his classmates, with his colleagues, and with his professors, who can add value to the learning experience of the other students, and who will beopen to listening to ideas from others. If they come to a classroom, they are just quiet and they want to take in information. That is inadequate in terms ofthe American education.
So, the way we help our students build their portfolios is we get them involved in a variety of activities, not just their core academic classes. We get them involved into the speech and debate.We get them involved in activities such as Model United Nations. We get them involved with the Math teams, the Chess teams. We get them involved in doing broadcast videos, doing podcast, being on Robotic teams, and being involved insports and outdoor activities, and the involvement in service to their communities.
So, in preparing your students for American universities, if that is what your attention is for your students-- to try to get your child into American universities, there are things we can do together, here in the Wasatch Academy and Sizhong Prep School, for the entrance and success in American universities. Courses can be designed to help prepare them; counselors can be provided to help guide them, and teachers can be presented to them who are adept at helping them develop 21stcentury skills.
To speak about the American universities,there are many hundreds of great American universities. It is not just the Harvard and Yale and a couple of others, there are literally hundreds of wonderful, outstanding American universities. One of the things that Americadoes well is university education. An international counselor of educators just rated universities around the world, and the top 100 universities in the worlds, 92 were the American universities. So, let’s say your son or daughter was accepted into the 92nd rank of the American universities, you could say honestly that my child goes to the top 100 universities in the world.
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