When iTheatrics, the world’s leading authority on musical theater for young people, says, ‘We wrote the book on music theater education,’ they mean it.
Personally, I would love to see more well-known success stories in each industry making themselves available to our educational system for workshops and/or lectures. You can never underestimate the power of motivation and the power of experiencing the first-hand stories of success in a chosen field or topic.
Schools that don’t have a big enough budget to bring someone “famous” in could band together with other schools in their county – maybe hold a shared workshop or lecture hall.
This would be beneficial to almost all topics our youth follow and are maybe considering a career in – Sports, Science, The Arts, The Trades, etc. – bring those in who have succeeded in their chosen interest and have them explain how they did it – what it took – share their failures & successes to give the youth a leg up on what to expect and what it’s going to take to achieve their goals.
Education should be a community effort – involve all facets of a community. The school should simply be the centralized location from which it is organized and day-to-day instruction takes place. But everywhere in your community should be a “classroom” and each of us a “teacher”.