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Having young people experience their material future now

Gordon Allport's theory (Stage#7. Propriate striving) says that young people start to think about their material futures at about age 10-12. But, today there are so many distractions. Do most have a developed context in which to process education in a way that will benefit them? Do they have a reason to want to learn– given their other current options?

Sure, we can continue to feed them information, but like a dry sponge in a plastic bag, if they cannot/do-not absorb, are we using our resources in most effective ways?

What if they could imagine their material futures now? And what if they could experience what it took to achieve that future?

Playing BUX allows us to simulate this achievement process.

When they see what it's like to earn a living by handling money and creating value with resources, they may alter their attitudes toward the value of resources in general– and education in particular.

It is Allport's Propriate Striving combined with confidence from experienced success and a discovery of ones' abilities that could cause changes in attitudes that could spark a change in productive behavior and performance. So, like Scrooge in the Christmas Carol, experiencing other possibilities, some not so pleasant (such as not having enough money), may be enough to stimulate one's performance while there is still time.

Studies show that young people with defined career objectives fare and perform better than those without. So, if we can engage players to experience and develop their personal productive process and facilitate them to imagine their futures, bridging these two concepts could be no more than following a step-by-step, sequential process– such as the BUX Achievement Method.

There may be benefit in having young people experience their material futures now– before guiding them to follow their natural course to get there.