Saturday morning schools

Is there a need for Saturday morning schools?

Many of us are only too aware that many teachers in both Britian and America, and in fact many parts of the world, have been indoctrinated with Marxist ideas. In the USA, for example, it has been noted that much of the serious indoctrination has occurred in universities.

Americans are wising up now and many universities are closing down through lack of students, but church universities are so full that they are having to call a halt for recruitment.

It isn’t going to happen here for decades to come, so there needs to be an organisation to set up a Saturday morning school, not to indoctrinate our young, but with an emphasis on thinking for themselves.

My articles, as I said in the start of this website, are not meant to be a “be all and end all” solution for the various subjects I write about, but to be a “starter for ten” - in other words to get the reader to advance on my writings and experiment with their own ideas.

I am thinking of one Saturday a month for Form Four pupils, then two Saturdays a month for first year Form Five pupils , then three Saturdays a month for second year Form Five pupils.

Teaching could be in three sections: “Creating Interest” to get them having a bit of fun whilst they are taking in valuable lessons; “Personal” how to grow into a type of person who will easily rise within the company they will eventually work in. Finally, “Employment”“Employment” - or how to make sure they land that five star job.

Here are some examples.

Create Interest

Using mobile or computer apps to increase abilities.

Pelmanism (or matching pairs) is good for increasing memory.

Marjong on a screen isn’t the proper game, but great for getting eyes to move around observing all stones wherever they are. Start with the mobile and then gravitate to a bigger computer screen.

Freecell, for working out moves ahead. More simple than having to learn Chess!

Sudoku is a good game for working out number patterns. And a Maze game can teach how to work out a difficult solution backwards.

Learn about world politics, know what is happening in Europe, the Middle and Far East, the Americas. It will impress your relations, friends and future employers if you keep your interest up.

How to decide who to vote for. This is not political indoctrination but the voting differences between Council, Regional and General Elections. What sort of matters are important to you, not just at present but for your future, and which politician is going to have the best ideas to suit your needs. It is not compulsory to vote for the same party as your father and grandfather! In fact, vote for the person and not the party.

University or Apprenticeship. The former will cost you a lot of money, the latter will pay you whilst you train. Choose your university carefully. Work out how much your degree will cost you per week, and then per day. Let that be your guiding force. And make sure it is a degree that employers value, not meeja studies! If you go for an apprenticeship, investigate the company behind the offer. If you are going to university – or into management, start today by writing your day up for twenty minutes each evening. Must be twenty minutes at least. Keep this up and you will never be lost for words writing essays, or management reports.

Personal Budgeting. Explore the best way to keep records. Pen and paper or one of the many free apps on the market. Learn how compound interest can help your savings grow. Teach about sovereign wealth funds, and how the magic of compound interest can enable your retirement at an age where you can enjoy it.

Various methods of saving safely. How a certain amount has to be in cash, the next stage is short term where you can withdraw within 30 days, then the next amount can be longer term where the interest is more but access to your money may take 90 days or more. Learn about ISAs or even longer terms where compound interest becomes viable. But keep away from Stocks and shares until you really understand the City, but learn about them now.

Mobile Phones? iPhone or Android? Unfortunately, this has become a religion for so many mobile phone owners. So it is best to realise that Apple, Google, Samsung are all big business and none of the companies really give a damn about you. A rule of thumb is: Apple, if you want a phone that just works out of the box. If you don’t want to create a phone that is different to everyone else's phone and if you don’t mind paying for the Apple badge on the phone. Android if you want to take your experience further but remember, with anything electronic, the more it can do, and Android phones can do much more, by its very nature, it has to be more complicated. The writer is an IT person, and has the latest top of the range Samsung Android each year and has over 400 apps on it. But Apple is ideal if you don’t want to continue experimenting and pushing the phone to its limits.

One thing you all lack is experience in life. A teenager can’t possibly know it all. Learn from the experience of others. Ask your parents’ friends in business “How did you manage to get started in life?” A question that most people, no matter how successful, will want to answer.

Learn about negotiation. Go to the library, take five or six books on this subject from your local library – read through them, and go out and buy the best one suited to your mode of thinking. Negotiating is the best lesson you can learn, you negotiate with your parents, your boss, your bank manager, in fact all through your life. You first negotiated when you were one day old, noise against milk. Being successful is all about negotiating.

Personal

Computer Operating Systems and knowing the difference. The order of business users are Microsoft Windows (expensive applications), Apple iOS (for design especially and also expensive applications) and Linux (free operating systems and free software). However tempting, don’t move to Linux until you have a good grounding in Windows or iOS!.

Psychology: Who am I, or rather, who are you? Learn to understand yourself, your weaknesses and your strengths, and what you aren’t happy about yourself. Try to analyse how you can improve yourself so your future employers are impressed and give you constant wage increases! Read about people who made it in life at an early life. Example: Jack Daniels founded his whiskey distillery three years before he was allowed by law to drink alcohol! Study how your parents coped earlier if they are successful, avoid their pitfalls if they aren't!

Importance of personal hygiene and appearance. If you want to have fun with the opposite sex, or if you want to make an impression to a boss in an interview, you need to look very carefully at your personal hygiene and your appearance. Most people make a decision of what and who you are in under five seconds.

Contraception and how an unexpected pregnancy can ruin your life. If you can’t understand why, gather your books and papers, put them in your bag and excuse yourself from these teachings. You’ll never make it out there.

The importance of honesty and trust. If you adopt this, you will be so unusual, that as you grow in business, and meet members of the opposite sex, doors will open to you. Nowadays, I am sad to say, this is a rare commodity and you will stand head and shoulders above the majority.

Kindness and consideration also opens many doors and, as people get to know and appreciate you, doors will open.

Employment

Social Media and how you can destroy your chances in landing that job. Many HR departments have a member of staff who continuously trawls the social media websites looking for what members of staff may be saying. But, more importantly, against which future job applicants are also saying. If you wonder why, with excellent skills, you are not even given an interview…

Learn to understand a balance sheet, then a Limited or Public Company Accounts. You need to check these with Company’s House before accepting a job. But, if a public company, before you get that far, check their share price movements over at least the last twelve months. They may be going down the chute.

First impressions at your job interview. Remember, he or she is going to make up their mind about you within the first five seconds.

How to conduct yourself at the interview. No alcohol that day. If you are a smoker, no cigarettes that day and keep a suit odour free for interviews. When asked a question, speak firmly, don’t offer any conversation until invited, and answer any question fully. If you made a bad impression during the first five seconds (and you’ll know – believe me) here’s a chance to retrieve the situation.

Communication, within business and relationships. Never waffle, think before you speak, and make sure your answer is pertinent to any question asked. When asking a question, hear the other person out without interruption. Don’t be a Cheshire cat, but a nice pleasant smile when warranted won’t ever go amiss.

Finally, learn to type fast, preferably using all five fingers. I only use two fingers but type at 55 words a minute. That’s acceptable.

Book List – just to be getting on with.

Anthony (Tony) Robbins – Awaken the giant withinDavid Allen – Getting things done (working very efficiently in an office)Gerard I Nierenberg –The Complete Negotiator (difficult to come by)Lee Iacocco – AutobiographySteven Silbiger – The 10 Day MBA (if you are going into management)

Ampers - Have I left anything out?

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