To live better and survive in society, oneshould learn how to work with people whose viewpoints are diverse.This premise holds water for parents who are interested in helpingtheir children to elevate to a high status in society througheducation. Diversity enables children to think creatively, and, byextension, reach their goals more effortlessly. For example, byviewing Wall Street as a status symbol, as opposed to just being asynonym for the world’s financial center, young ones developinsights into how they can tap into the opportunities that thefinancial institution offers. By using multiple ways of thinking,through modern technology, an individual can develop ideas that canhelp him to improve his well-being. Karen Ho (47), in, “biographiesof hegemony," writes about the requirements of joining WallStreet. She contends that people need to be equipped with adequateinformation and get high scores to get a pass card. Thus, herassertions, coupled with those of Cathy Davidson (in her “projectclassroom makeover” article), reveal the importance of peoplereconsidering the importance of changing the education model to fitthe requirements of the modern times. Incorporating diversity in thecurriculum helps children to develop the skills that are required todevelop the solutions that make the world a better place.
The mechanization of learning can help studentsview education with a larger focus, through practice and problemanalysis. Accordingly, students develop the skills that enable themto find different ways of maneuvering through institutions such asWall Street more efficiently. Additionally, such skills allow collegegraduates to create job opportunities, instead of becoming jobseekers. The one-directional model of education, therefore, does notsuit today’s society. People have to change their mindsets becausea shift in the conventional way of doing things has already takenplace. In essence, thinking about the problems that affect thecommunity in a multi-dimensional manner will, in the end, help peopledevelop comprehensive solutions to the issues that face them.
The conventional system of education was useful during the industrialrevolution, but its effectiveness has been surpassed by time. Onecannot dispute the fact that the twentieth-century thinking patternswere useful because they helped corporations to find the smartestpeople. The twentieth century was an industrial age people with theability to comprehend mechanical operations were critical. However,the twenty-first century requires creative people because the issuesthat affect society have become more obscure. The educationcurriculum in most schools, however, remains the same. Public schoolsfocus on equipping their students with employment skills instead ofinspiring them to be more creative. Conversely, private schoolsconcentrate on enabling their learners to be more creative. In thiscontext, private schools become the cradle of the elite since a lotof funds are directed to sourcing the most competent teachers toeducate pupils how to think creatively.
Thus, considering the above assertions, the most important financialinstitutions, for example, Wall Street, only look for the besttalents. Since private school students have already been trained onhow to think creatively, compared to their public schoolcounterparts, they become the preferred choices for the mostsuccessful corporations. In essence, instead of focusing on issuesthat concern a particular social class or race, private schools placeemphasis on the manner in which they can enhance the thinkingcapacities of their students. HO’s (180 –181) assumption, forinstance, denotes the importance of erasing the significance of the“white upper-class male privilege.” As opposed to placingemphasis on the social needs of talent, schools should focus ontraining pupils to apply their faculties more diversely. Thetwentieth-century methods of education only endow students withproblem-solving skills that involve more thought instead offurnishing students with talents that can help them to survive insociety.
Moreover, Davidson (57) contended that public education is a systemof training potential workers for the labor market in the recentlyurbanized factories. This type of training emphasizes the importanceof control and equips students with the skills that help them tohandle mechanized and routine labor. Applying different modes ofeducation at multiple times is prudent since students learn about themost efficient way of surviving in society. The twentieth-centurystyle of training, which focused on race hierarchy, worked duringthat period because the needs of the community were different. Thisform of education, however, is no longer feasible because people ofdifferent races and languages work together to developsolutions that are multi-faceted. The Wall Street, for example, willlose the diversity resourceif it directly focuses on the conventional educationalapproach.
Diversity talent is critical to meeting the needs of thetwenty-first century. This period is an electronic era, which meansthat the traditionally recognized skills are not as significant asthey were. For example, manual labor has now been mechanized thismeans that companies need fewer employees to do jobs such asoperating machines. The traditional curriculum equipped learners withskills that enabled them to work. These skills are no longer asessential as they were large corporations like Wall Street are nowsourcing for talent that can help them make more money, as opposed topeople who only follow the instructions that they have been given.Additionally, the advent of technology has resulted in better accessto education. Search engines like Google, for instance, helpindividuals to acquire the knowledge that, in the previous years,could only be obtained in schools (Davidson 51).
Nonetheless, the issue of a person`s background cannot be overlooked.Ho (182) asserted that meritocracy is a precarious concept becausethe issues of race, class, and gender cannot be ignored. In otherwords, while a person may be highly creative, some factors willalways come into play when discussing the matters that involvepromotions, appointments to particular positions, and employment.Consequently, because such stereotypes exist in society, theestablished companies like Wall Street will always prefer hiringstudents from the more prestigious universities. In essence, theindividuals that come from elite backgrounds or people who haveworked in successful companies will always be considered over the jobseekers that come from less privileged families or have worked lessestablished firms. The premise behind this assertion is the moreaccomplished institutions prefer being associated with status thus,when employers realize that a job-seeker is associated with aparticular brand or social position, they develop an interest in thatindividual. Nonetheless, to remain relevant in the twenty-firstcentury, institutions such as Wall Street seek fresh talent. Theseorganizations look for the people who have the capacity to add valueto the company. For example, since Wall Street has a global presence,it seeks the most talented individuals from all over the world. Thesepeople add different habits and cultures to the corporation, and, byextension, diversity. Since creative people have the capacity toadapt to different environments, they work together to uncover theprimary problem and develop a solution that is all-encompassing.
The premise behind the concept diversity is cultivating team abilitybecause a team is more efficient than an individual. The predicamentsof the 21st century require the solutions that arediversified. Different cultures, educational backgrounds, andpersonalities, bring different thoughts and knowledge to the surface.Bringing these aspects together gives birth to the most perceptiveresults. Crowdsourcing helps people highlight the problems that were,previously, unidentified, and, in the end, develop solutions thatconsider the newly discovered problems (Davidson 51). Such anapproach is valuable for an institution like Wall Street because theindividuals that come from diverse backgrounds will have differentways of viewing the issues that face the company, and, thus, discovernew problems and solutions to these troubles. Additionally, suchindividuals can identify the opportunities that the company can tapinto.
The term "smartness" is somewhat generic. Establishedbusinesses usually look for graduates from prestigious universitieslike Princeton and Harvard. These students are typically termed"elites,” a concept that is linked with “smartness.”However, other universities also have elite students, in the sensethat these individuals have the pedigree to think and comprehendissues in a manner that is similar to that of a Princeton graduate.Thus, the concept "smartness" is not a brand name it is anotion that encompasses all people who have the aptitude to developand apply creative thinking skills. A financial institution such asWall Street requires individuals that can help it survive the tidesof the economic environment. HO (184) supports this perspective byasserting that Wall Street is a "smartness" palace, and,individuals who cannot come up with the ideas that can help theinstitution to become more efficient and profitable cannot survive insuch an environment. Accordingly, Davidson states that an idea thatis advanced by a creative and diverse person is not as valuable asthe one developed by a group of innovative and different individuals.Crowdsourcing is, therefore, the most productive way of ensuring thatan enterprise remains both profitable and relevant despite thevicissitudes that are inherent in the modern day`s businessenvironment.
In a recap of the above discussion,incorporating diversity into the curriculum helps children to developthe skills that are required to develop the solutions that make theworld a better place. Simply focusing on one type of talenthas been proven to be an ineffective strategy in the twenty-firstcentury. For an institution like Wall Street to survive thevicissitudes of the modern world, it requires diversity. Since thecompany has a global presence, it can tap into the opportunities thatare available in the regions that lie outside America. Investing inpeople from different environments, cultures, and educationalbackgrounds helps companies to discover the untapped opportunities,and, by extension, avoid losses by implementing effective strategies,as discussed above.
Davidson, Cathy. “Project ClassroomMakeover.” The New HumanitiesReader. Ed. Richard E. Miller andKurt Spellmeyer. 5th ed.Boston: Wadsworth, 2015. 47-51.
Karen, Ho. “Biographies of hegemony.”TheNew Humanities Reader. Ed. RichardE. Miller and Kurt Spellmeyer. 5thed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2015.47-51.