Are schools teaching enough life skills to students?

Are schools teaching enough life skills to students?

Australian schools can do more to equip students for a future beyond the classroom, according to new research by global education technology provider, Instructure.

The survey found that life skills are the most important aspect missing from the local education system, as agreed by nearly two in three students (61%) and almost three quarters (73%) of their parents.

Career support and guidance from schools is also an area for concern, with over half (54%) of parents and just under half (45%) of pupils reporting a lack of work experience.

Sixty-one per cent of children want more exposure to different working environments such as offices and work sites, while 73% of parents agree that this would help children make better career choices.    

Despite over half of students (55%) agreeing that a career mentor would help them better prepare for work, just 48% have discussed their options with a dedicated advisor.

Students are much more likely to use other sources including parents (85%), teachers (59%) and close friends (53%).

International experience lacking

While more than half of students (59%) say this is key to their future career prospects, one in three students (37%) do not feel the curriculum delivers an international experience.  

Troy Martin, GM APAC at Instructure said that by aligning more closely to the world of work, educational institutions can help students better align to the job market.

“Current models of education are still focused on achievements in basic literacy and numeracy, as opposed to the overall development of the child,” Martin said.

“Progressive schools that take more responsibility for the cultivation of wider skills will set our future leaders up for success. This covers everything from problem-solving and adaptability to resilience and intercultural understanding.”