It's not enough to point out how high schools cannot change to meet new demands of current markets. Rather than accuse secondary schools of failing to promote problem solvers suited to changing business horizons … why not…
1. Provide incentive for workers to remain current. In brain based settings, benefits relate to a person's daily performance. In the most successful settings, such as the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, brain based strategies are used to motivate people to collaborate and develop new skills.
2. Rather than standardized approaches which limit growth and impede improvement offer incentives for mental flexibility through inventions. Google expects one third of an employee's work time to be spent in coming up with new ideas, new products and new solutions.
3. Rather than train through talking so that lectures work against human brains, provide space and guidance for workers to gain experience by doing. Watch learning spike and for good reason! Tests done by Sternberg, Forsyth and Grigorenko in 2000, for instance, showed that workplace experience was six times more valuable than grades earned at school, in predicting high job performance of new employees.
4. Emphasize and teach brain based strategies that draw on multiple intelligences for higher performance outcomes. Simply put, people transform more from what makes them tick, into tangible benefits for themselves and for business.
Whether or not you see secondary schools as obsolete in your fast changing workplace … these few brain based tips can ante up new benefits from the best resource in your firm - the human brain. What do you think?