Here is an insightful and thought-provoking talk by marketing extraordinaire and bestselling author Seth Godin on the nature of education today. Seth questions the very foundations of the US education system, calling it a model appropriate for another age… one where obedience and memorization were primary goals. He says that, “Great performance in school leads to happiness and success” and “Great parents have kids who produce great performance in school” are myths that need to be dispelled. Instead Seth claims grades are simply an illusion, and passion and enthusiasm are the reality.
Seth says that instead of obedience we should strive for persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure. That, he said, is priceless… yet we undermine it. Fitting in is a short-term strategy from another era, one that gets you nowhere. Standing out is a long-term strategy that takes guts and produces results… but that’s not yet the focus of education, and where it does exist it’s little more than lip service to an ideal.
Check out this video. It’s well worth the 16 minutes and will get you thinking.
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