A new book by Peter Weddle, the former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., opines that the standardized testing amped up in schools after the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act has possibly had more negative impact than good on America’s workforce.
In A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, Weddle notes that much criticism has been directed at the testing for creating a “homogenized workforce” that does not allow for individual talent to shine.
“The bottom line is that there is no clear correlation between standardized testing and the knowledge and skills kids will need to prosper in the 21st century,” says Weddle. “It seems we’re more interested in creating a homogenized workforce than a nation of individuals who have learned what their talent is and how to bring it to work with them.”
Weddle points to China as an example of a country earnestly trying to provide its future generations with the education needed to manage their careers effectively, much-needed instruction that the U.S. school system does not currently provide.
Weddle’s argument is not the first time fingers have been pointed at U.S. educational institutions for failing to prepare young people with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the work world. What is interesting, however, is that the direct selling industry is seldom recognized for doing just that.
Direct selling companies offer both the professional and personal development instruction needed for entrepreneurs, regardless of education or background, to develop their individual talents and shine. Most direct selling companies have training curricula in place, in print and web-based form, to help newcomers sharpen their organizational, sales and social skills. While success models are repeatable and duplicatable, and corporate support is readily available, individuals are encouraged to develop their unique talents to build their businesses.
Perhaps the U.S. educational system could take a few lessons from direct sellers on how to create a successful—and unique—workforce.