What future generations can expect
What a wonderfully interesting post from Seth Godin yesterday. Here's a snippet:
"Here's how we've organized traditional schooling:
You're certain to have these classes tomorrow.
The class will certainly follow the syllabus.
There will certainly be a test.
If you do well on the test, you will certainly go on to the next year.
If you do well on the other test, you'll certainly get to go to a famous college..."
Who is this Seth guy anyway?
Well, he's a big picture thinker and a best selling author of dozens of books. His latest book is "Stop Selling Dreams". It's dedicated to every teacher who cares enough to change the system, and to every student brave enough to stand up and speak up.
It's a manifesto starting with one question, "What is school for?"
He argues that top-down industrialized schooling is threatened, and for very good reasons - the connection economy and at the very same time the skills and attitudes we need from our graduates are changing.
We see this happening at our local schools and with our graduates in our own community. Many teachers and principals we talk to have similar thoughts and concerns about the future. Even business managers notice the difference in what's needed when hiring young people. Things are changing, not around us, but with us here in our own backyard.
Welcome back to your first week of school!