5 Key Elements to a Well-Rounded Education

Today’s education system is great at showing students a heap of theories but a truly well-rounded education is one that creates students who are successful and happy people.
To achieve this?

Schools need to focus on teaching genuine life skills to ensure the next generation are properly equipped for everything that comes their way.
To do that, there are some key ingredients that can’t be ignored:

1. Communication
Communication is part of every aspect of our lives.
Learning how to do it properly is also important.
As we shift from childhood to adulthood – and then continue on our adult journey through life – we need to communicate with a variety of people, including co-workers, bosses, family members, friends, partners and spouses, neighbours and acquaintances.

There are, of course, some boundaries that should be observed—mutual respect and a natural give-and-take are always important—whether communication is face-to-face, over email, on social media, or via phone. Many communication experts label today’s generation as the silent generation – a generation who are trained in the art of communication without actually speaking. ‘Talking’ to each other is done via text and abbreviated written messages. Times have definitely changed – and they’re still changing.

As a direct result, there is a real impact on traditional communication skills.
Some potential negatives that go along with those changes include increased social isolation, and stunted social development – things that can become a potential barrier to rewarding careers and positive long-term relationships.

After all, knowing how to really connect with others a personal level – as well as understanding when it is the right time to speak and when it’s the right time to listen – are valuable skills that everyone needs.

At The Academy, these skills are taught through the reading, reviewing and critiquing of a range of media text in Module 1- My Take and Module 2- Take 2.

We pride ourselves on teaching our students to work through solutions in an innovative and creative way.

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2. Everyday Money Matters
For a growing number of Australians, the bad habit of living beyond their budget is affecting good health– and even IQ.
It’s a global problem and one that teenagers seem to recognise. In fact, a recent survey of US teenagers revealed that 86 percent of 16-to-18-year-olds would rather learn about proper spending in class than mess things up later on. It’s a reminder that the need for better financial literacy to be taught in schools is critical – and it’s true for Australian school students too.
When you have a genuine understanding of your money – including how to spend it and how to save it – you have a better appreciation of what you need to do to earn it.

The students at The Academy will learn to work with real numbers in real situations in Module 4: Stats that matter and Module 5: Show Me The Money, which ensures they will walk away with everyday money management skills.

3. Creative thinking
Today’s delivery of education is, generally, pretty black and white. Students take tests about specific information and, in lots of cases, that information is learned by ROTE – with just enough learning to get the across the line.
The type of knowledge that’s really important for young lives, though? It’s the ability to work through solutions in an innovative and creative way. Unfortunately, many schools just don’t provide it.
A good starting point is a basic understanding of logical consequence. Without that, your thinking can be unclear and inconsistent.

It’s time things were done differently and The Academy’s fresh approach arms their students with the know-how to critically analyse information through a range of techniques and creative thinking styles in Module 5: Personal Productivity.

Better time management can help people have a better work/life balance

4. Personal Productivity (Time Management)

Time management is vastly under-appreciated. For success that lasts – in every aspect of both personal and professional life – it’s vital.

Of course, not every moment of our lives should be spent working. Better time management can help people have a better work/life balance – and that’s an important part of living truly healthy and happy lives.

Making sure you have time to do things you love – as well as the work you need to do – is a key ingredient to being happy. Hobbies, sport and time with family and friends are all important things to allocate time to – when you live a life that combines work and play, you’ll be happier and healthier (in

There are also certain times of the day that can be spent thinking about your life goals. There are other times you need to simply be taking action – doing things. Learning how to find the balance is something that you get better at and something that can help you get closer to living the type of life you really want to live. Time-management techniques can really help you find the time for what’s important to you – and help you create great habits that can last a lifetime.

When you get better at managing your time more strategically, you become more self-disciplined and you have more energy and time to focus on your goals. But even though time-management is so obviously important, most students leave their time at schools without any knowledge about it.

Time-management becomes even more important when you need to balance career and family, especially if children are involved.

Luckily, today’s technology gives us access to a lot of very handy tools that can be used via our devices – tools that can help track and monitor the way we spend time and also offer time-saving solutions.

These vital life skills are tackled in Module 5: Personal Productivity to ensure students are able self manage when it comes to communicating, planning and organisation.


5. Coping with failure. 

Just because you’ve failed at something, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost. It’s important that young people, especially, understand that the truth is not as black-and-white. When you understand that failure can actually go hand-in-hand with success, you can avoid that horrible feeling of hitting a wall when something does, invariably, go wrong.

It’s time to do things differently.

By delivering strategies, skills, and programs that help young people cope with failure, we can create a society of adults who are resilient and strong – and ready to face a fantastic future.

These psychological skills and the importance of mental preparation are tackled in Module 2: My Mantra.


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