What we teach our kids

Bell rings and they go to their classes. Bell rings, they put down their pencils. Bell rings, they go home. This sounds more like a factory during the industrial revolution that a school. How much of what we believe about education is based on industrial age thinking?

Is this the best way to teach the next generation of innovators? We are educating a generation of builders that will shape the realities of the new world. Most of the jobs they will do don’t even exist yet.

The only way to adequately prepare them is to teach them to solve problems for themselves. Our models and thinking will not be sufficient to help them build the future. Is the best way to teach independent thinking, creative problem solving, and co-creation in a classroom where we listen more than we talk?

The entrenched systems of education are hard to change. Easy is not a precondition for necessary.

Perhaps we could change the thinking instead.

Great Ted talk on this here.


Originally posted here.

Transition Management

Change is a necessary consequence of growth. Intuitively we know this. Change is good. It allows us to grow up. It allows our gardens to flourish. It enables our understanding to evolve. It makes us uncomfortable.

Joseph Campbell captured the essence of change. It is the Hero’s Journey. The path we all walk. If we choose to embark on this journey, to become the hero we know we are, we must leave our comfort zone. We must boldly go.

We want change to be like Tarzan swinging vines. Never leaving the one before firmly grasping the next. Change requires sacrifice. It requires us to die. Die to complacency. Die to comfort. Die to the limitations and constraints we believe we have.

Like a seed, it is in this death that we are released to explore new lands. It is in letting go that we can leap forward. It is in leaping forward that we encourage others to do the same.


Lane Smith


Originally posted here.