Jean Eddy on Crisis-Proofing Today’s Learners

Key Points

  • Uncertainty is the one thing that all kids leave high school with.

  • We need more people wanting to take a chance on making change.

Jean Eddy Crisis-Proofing Today's Learners

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom Vander Ark is joined by Jean Eddy, CEO of American Student Assistance (ASA) and author of Crisis-Proofing Today’s Learners: Reimagining Career Education to Prepare Kids for Tomorrow’s World.

“There is a revolution ahead that is centered on transforming the way we create and deliver educational experiences to kids. Those experiences can and will include self-discovery and career exploration, and will be focused on their individual needs, goals, and passions,” said Jean Eddy. “Success will be measured on the competency kids have built in their skills, on the progress that they feel they’ve made in reaching their goals, and on the confidence they feel when making decisions about what comes next.”

In Jean’s book, she highlights a set of questions that high school students should be able to answer when they graduate, including: 

  • What am I good at?
  • What would I like to become better at?
  • What motivates me? How do I work best?
  • What can I see myself doing when I’m older and what, specifically, do I
  • need to do to make that happen?
  • What skills will I need to reach my goals?
  • What do I want to build in my life?
  • What difference do I want to make in the world?
  • Where can my skills and contributions fit into existing structures, or do I want to build a new structure?
  • What kind of life and living can I have in the areas I want to pursue?


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