In this article Sugata Mitra argues that “We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past.” I personally have a romantic attachment to skills from the future but I am aware that the majority of people I’m surrounded by, especially when I think of myself in a school, are far more attached to skills from the past.
What is it?
Why are we holding on to a system and a skill set that no longer benefit our people or society?
We praise the most innovative and free thinking of our world yet continue to teach in the exact same way and think we are magically going to mass produce innovators, problem solvers and people that deeply care and connect to their work and their world. It isn’t going happen that way.
What if we detached from those skills of the past and attached to creating and supporting skills of the future?
If you’re thinking that might make sense then hopefully you’ve already realized that we are going to have to change some things. Maybe even a lot of things. Drastically.
We have to change the way we teach and learn. We have to start by changing the way we define teaching and learning all together so that people can be free to teach, learn, and live in a new way that is congruent to our world today – not our world from 100 years ago.
I challenge you to do two things today:
1. Read this article and then share it with someone else. The possibilities of connecting and learning with and from each other in the world we live in are infinite and also critical to creating a new way of thinking and learning.
2. After you have read, questioned, thought deeply, and shared ask yourself: What is the true purpose of education? How can we do a better job of creating and living that true purpose?
Get in a passionate argument with someone about your answers.
Write them down.
Then work every single day to make them happen.
I promise you’ll be better for it, and so will the world.
“We don’t need to improve schools. We need to reinvent them for our times, our requirements and our future. We don’t need efficient clerks to fuel an administrative machine that is no longer needed. Machines will do that for us. We need people who can think divergently, across outdated “disciplines”, connecting ideas across the entire mass of humanity. We need people who can think like children.” – Sugata Mitra