Bill Gates asked the question on LinkedIn:
How can we do more to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology?
As my answer to that question is my purpose in life, the thing that I am truly passionate about, I would like to share that with you here:
Many people don’t know what they want to do when they are 18.
They have wasted an entire school career and don’t even know what they are all about, what their skills are and what it truely is they are passionate about. They choose for the next school based on choice of school, friends or fun. Passion is not the keyword in a teenage conversation, but it should!
In fact, a lot of people figure out many years later in life that what they did, was not what they truly enjoy. Some people even regret things they did in life. You can’t regret anything that you are very passionate about, because you cannot regret that your heart feels what it feels.
So, we should use the 13 years that kids are in school to figure out what each kids path is, by letting kids explore their talents and following their curiosity towards their passion which leads them into skilled talents.
I hope the time is coming soon that teachers will follow kids passions and curiosity in school, instead of governmental guidelines. That schools quit the road to better test scores as the best test scores can be achieved by good machines and we shouldnt use kids for that unworthy purpose.