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‘The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air…’ This is a quote from the extremely popular “Lord of the Rings” and it perfectly reflects the current state of affairs.
The people of the digital age are no longer even millennials, but still they have learned a lot from their parents and older friends. Let’s take after-school provision for example. The modern generation studies a lot and does so not only during the lessons. Young people remain after classes in schools and perform additional tasks, read, watch, communicate, and relax. For example, after the lessons in Haileybury Erzhan stays with his classmates in the classrooms and laboratories of the STEM center (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), where they enhance their practical knowledge. They also take part in webinars, watch training videos on the Web and subscribe to popular public pages on social networks. Generation Z draws useful information from a wide variety of sources. Their capabilities are now expanded to a truly cosmic scale.
Haileybury Almaty creates special conditions for the development and education of children aged 4 to 18 years. In addition to academic lessons, pupils attend various co-curricular activities.
Pupils study the A Level for the last two years to have an opportunity to get into the leading universities of the world, including Ivy League. This is a two-year course of narrowly focused preparation for entering world universities. A Level is the final stage of the secondary education in British schools. After graduating from the A Level program, pupil take exams, the results of which are recognized by all British universities. Erzhan Kabdykayirov will soon pass exams to receive this certificate.
In 2019, 60% of Haileybury graduates got the highest possible score (A*/A) and 26% of them got A*. This is the best result in the history of A Level exams since the school opened. STEM based subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science that Erzhan is studying now have achieved highly.
John Coles, the Headmaster, affirms that these grades are the result of hard work and determination of pupils and dedicated teaching staff. ‘We have been successful in obtaining places at elite universities across the globe’, the Headmaster adds.
We used to live under the slogan ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’, socialism and stuff. A person graduates from school, then goes to college r. Then the work comes approved at several levels of the hierarchical ladder. Work, as a hobby, and a hobby is something between work and duty. There is nothing like that anymore. Now the young generation has the whole ocean of opportunities and choices. It's not just about work or hobbies. The thing is growing minds can choose whether to focus on the ‘work of a lifetime’, or treat it just as a hobby. Erzhan, for example, chose robotics. Judging by his attitude, he will be connected with it for many years. In this case, robotics has not only defined his goals, i.e. to enter a prestigious university for a proper course, but also has given an answer to the question "How to achieve success and make the world a better place? Using robots." This hobby is quite rare, even for generation Z, but this is only true in Kazakhstan, as robotics is super popular around the globe. Erzhan realized this by taking part in the First Global Challenge international competition.
The world has changed indeed. Do you know how? The values of young people have changed. No, of course, the ideas about a family, a prosperous state and world peace have not gone away. They simply have transformed and amended. Generation Z changed the vector, it became a little more selfish in a good way, which is quite normal. Greta Tunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden, does her best to have local beaches cleaned up and promotes an eco-friendly future. Such stories with young people will soon become ubiquitous, which is also normal. Similar examples change the rules of the game in this world. This is a Z-game for them for now, but then they will have a real-life, where ideas about a high-tech and green economy will need to be implemented. Erzhan, for example, is ready for such changes if ideas are powerful and relevant.
It is certainly inappropriate to argue about tastes in 2019. We should talk about tastes, about the objects of pleasure, lust, subjectification and objectification. There is absolutely no problem with Generation Z in this regard: tastes correspond to values, values correspond to tastes. A bit of healthy egoism, a bit of reflection, a bit of optimistic protest, a bit of eco-friendly statements and a lot of comics. Yes, mass culture lays down the rule, but if previously people would randomly grab everything just because of short supply, now young people have freedom of choice, and they choose wisely. Yet, paradoxically, generation Z has more free time, because devices save minutes. Erzhan, for example, can find time for study, spending time with friends, and designing robots.