Ep. 3: Preparing Students for Success in the New Economy

In this episode, Ziz and Pam discuss ways we can create opportunities for our students to experience what’s happening in the world today. Students can be empowered to own the learning process, to be free to choose, to discover their meaning. It’s our job, as parents and educators, to support that endeavor. Communities and businesses are getting in on the action, too.

In this conversation, we learn about the new economy and hiring trends. This involves upskilling, knowledge brokering, apprenticeship and last-mile training programs. More pathways are open that provide alternatives to the traditional college track.

Ziz and Pam talk about when competition elevates play, and when it can prove to be a disadvantage. There’s plenty of name dropping in this episode. You’ll hear about Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Frank Reich, Tua Tagovailoa, Maya Angelou, Sara Blakely, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and of course, Viktor Frankl. Not to mention butterflies and Super Chickens.

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Allow students to make their own decisions, starting early. This helps them to learn responsibility. Failure is a great teacher. Give your children opportunities to pursue their interests and let them drive the process. Encouragement gives them permission to try new things.

Anyone who has tried to ride a bike for their first time, when you fall down, you get back up and you fall down again. You get back up. The parent has to let go at some point so that the child can get rid of those training wheels forever.

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We are no longer in the paradigm of the past: get educated, work, and retire.

Now that we have entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution, jobs are more collaborative. The gig economy has emerged. Mastery based education and competency-based learning are critical for the new economy.

The idea of individual achievement and constant competition, which is what our school system rankings are built on, has actually proven to be a disadvantage to so many because they’ve lost the ability to just contribute their piece of the pie and be valued for that.


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Dean Graziosi

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Emerson Collective

Viktor Frankl

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Ep. 3 Transcript

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