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February Recommended Readings

February Recommended Readings

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In our work as coaches to high school superstars, we come across important stories on youth innovation and college admissions. Every month, we share our round-up of the most important ones. We hope you enjoy them!

1. Too Many Students Have Outdated Ideas about Future Careers
by Carolynn Look | BloombergNearly

40% of the jobs teenagers want are at risk of becoming automated in the next 10-15 years. This is central to why we emphasize that our students develop the innovation abilities that will be necessary for them to succeed in the rapidly changing innovation economy of the 21st century.

2. Time Management is about More Than Life Hacks
by Erich C. Dierdorff | Harvard Business Review

Time management is a skill that is critical for student success, and something we work on with every student. This article gives some genuine, valuable tips about real strategies you can implement in your life to improve your time management skills.

3. Four Ways to Help Your College Student Grow Up
by Natalie Friedman | The New York Times

Though this article is centered on the parents of college students, nearly all of the advice contained in it is relevant to parents of high school students as well. In particular, the four steps discussed are all ways we emphasize that parents can help support their kids, without getting in the way or becoming a “snowplow parent.”

4. Majority of High School Students have Negative Feelings about High School
by Naaz Modan | Education Dive

The findings of this study come as no surprise: students do not have good feelings about high school. This is a big part of why we advocate for changes in our high school systems that place the learners at the center of it, and why we as an organization empower our students to pursue projects that excite and delight them.

5.  Kids Don’t Need to Stay “On Track” to Succeed
by Madeline Levine | The Atlantic

It’s easy to plot out a perfectly envisioned life for yourself or your child, but rarely do successful adults follow a straight line. Failure is a huge part of success, which is part of why we focus on creating safe spaces for students to fail and learn from those failures to build successful Spikes and grow into successful human beings.

Happy reading!