education caught in a time loop?

June 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Professional Development | 5 Comments
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Watched an interesting talk from Ken Robinson where he challenges modern thinking on education.  Given my background in coaching, I have a fair amount of experience with the educational system.  And a little known fact of no value is that all I have left is my Student Teaching class to get my Masters in Arts and Teaching (but pesky bills get in the way of taking off 1/2 a year).

That said, I have to say that in general, I agree with Ken’s challenging of our current system.  What I’m not clear on is the alternative.  What is the best way to educate in the modern era?  Those folks we educate are going to run our businesses and our companies in the not-too-distant future, so it’s an important question to ask.

What about at work?  Do we appreciate those who think differently?  *should* we appreciate them?  I suspect for every story of the one that succeeds are thousands of the ones that really were hair-brained schemes.  But man oh man, when that one does hit, it can revolutionize things.  How to get there… that’s the challenge.  Sometimes we become victims of our own success in the sense we become beholden to what got us there.  It’s a tough challenge, and one I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

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