The digital revolution is one that has hit the entire world by storm. What was thought impossible just a few short years ago is not commonplace and happening everywhere from businesses to classrooms to public libraries.
And it looks like those classrooms that have embraced digital networks are doing so in a big step.
In China, there are numerous schools and teaching institutions that are looking for new and better ways to recruit the best teachers in the world to teach English in their schools. Not many people know this about China, but the country is absolutely gigantic, and even though it has the highest population of any country in the world, there are still areas, cities, and provinces within China that are incredibly rural and desolate, so you can imagine the difficulty in trying to attract quality English teachers out in a rural community.
For those schools looking for teachers to TEACH English in Hangzhou, the design revolution is bringing new ways for them to acquire qualified teachers. The Internet is allowing teachers from all across the world to open up and apply for teaching jobs in China. Jobs that they would have never even thought possible are now something that is in high demand all across the globe.
Before schools were mostly limited to teachers within their community—and sometimes they could get applicants from elsewhere within their country, but there was not a lot of international teachers coming in to teach. Now, the digital revolution has put the entire world of teachers and prospective teachers into the marketplace. Now someone who would have never thought of leaving Baotou can go and begin teaching English in Nanjing. And vice versa. The competitive doors of the free market have opened up and it is better for everyone involved in the education industry.
Students are learning from more qualified teachers who are getting paid more money and do a better job at preparing children for college and the job market. This has risen world wide test scores in a whole array of exams, but what is more important than any of this is the scope of learning that kids today are doing. It’s difficult to compare language scores from 30 years ago when students were only learning one language to today when they are proficient in two. Think of that kind of increase. That is amazing and exactly the kind of results that come from the digital, innovation based revolution.
The only thing next is to bring this process to all subject areas. Schools are doing it quite well with English and the languages, but they are slow to incorporate it into the STEM subjects. But over time, this will be common practice and everyone will be made better as a result.
Just remember, if you have ever dreamed of teaching internationally, like getting a job teaching English in Baotou, this no longer has to be a dream. Anyone can do it—and so can you! As long as you bring your passion and drive, you can go and teach anywhere.