I've noticed the importance of architecture for a while. I remember fondly reading Ayn Rand's Fountainhead during my first year in Israel. (Yes, I can like her book without agreeing with all that she stands for.) I agree with her on the notion of man's creative ability being only limited by its imagination and the confines man places on himself. I've always prefered to visit cities rather than rural areas for precisely that reason. I like the congestion, I like the noise, and I like the activity. It makes me feel alive. I think many people do. In fact, I was required to take the History of American Architecture at Columbia when I was working on an American Studies degree. I loved the course enough that I designed my master's thesis around how the architecture of tenements during the turn of the 19th century directly impacted the economic success or failure of immigrants groups living in NYC.
My assumption is most of them will be in the sales business in one form or another. I'm convinced of this. They will be advertising themselves, marketing themselves, convincing others of their worth as an employee, as a producer, as a creative collaborator Regardless of their profession, they will need those skills traditionally associated with business. We all need them.
I've written before about the three zone school with a boardroom, cubicle area, with project room (or Beis Medrash) as center. It needs to happen. Private schools might be the first places for this new school to shape, but it needs to trickle down to all schools.
The current model is actually crippling our children. It's preparing them for a world that no longer exists, for professions they won't enter. It's doing more than even this. It is failing to prepare them for the world they will enter. The world where they will be competing globally, daily, and with people who because of their less advantaged backgrounds in other nations will be even more motivated to succeed. We have to act. We have to do this now.