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.

Million Dollar Ideas

What makes ideas valuable? Is it their novelty, their potential? Truthfully, ideas are not worth much. Ideas are a dime a dozen. For an idea to become valuable it must meet two criteria.

The idea must be worth something to someone. This is difficult to test. You have one of two options: expose it to the market and see if it has value and risk someone else taking the idea, or spend expensive time and resources to develop your idea and hope it fares as well as your projections. Tough decision. Perhaps the second criteria would make it easier.

Execution. If your idea is valuable, it will only realise that value once it is executed. This is where most ideas fail. Execution is the holy grail. When energy meets intelligence ideas meet creation.

Do they want it? Can you do it? Easy questions, hard answers. You can do what everyone else does and expect different results, “Let’s just build it and hope for the best.” or you can execute-iterate-test-execute.

This is the story of the tortoise and the hare. They tested it, it’s true.

 

Originally posted here.