The era before 2000 was the best. The education produced Doctors, Engineers and Scientists and many of them excelled in their respective fields by making name for themselves and their country. After the year 2k, the technology picked excellent pace. The era of social media, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and now blockchain has open new earning and living opportunities.
The syllabus in school needs to reflect these opportunities which it does not do. Students can pick a direction of their career in college and university but the early age where a direction for the future can be set is the school.
School is talking about maths, biology, physics, science and a bit of computer (that too hardware and some basic software usage) but nothing out of the box to meet what’s trending in the world. This is the era of the 4th industrial revolution. The syllabus needs to reflect the existing as well as future opportunities.
The problem is, school is developing a job mindset not entrepreneurs. The fundamentals of entrepreneurship such as decision making, risk and creative thinking are not taught at school. Perhaps there is a need for the introduction of entrepreneurship, AI and AR in syllabus now. The only two countries working on constantly updating syllabus in Asia are Japan and Singapore. They understand the importance of keeping up the pace with the industry trends and preparing their kids for the future.
Asian countries need to create a syllabus that student actually need to read and want to read.
After the year 2000, the world has changed, human labour is quickly replaced by robots, machines in major industries like automobile, shipping, cargo and avionics. The number of users on the internet is three times higher than what it was just 5 years ago. There are self-driving cars, there will be self-flying aeroplanes in the future as well.
Entrepreneurs not only provide a solution to a problem but also generate jobs in society and play an instrumental role in society.