The primary aim of education is not to enable students to do well in school, but to help them do well in the lives they lead outside of school.
Weve created false proxies for learning… Finishing a course or textbook has come to mean achievement Listening to lecture has come to mean understanding Getting a high score on a standardized test has come to mean proficiency
Learning should have its roots in.. Meaning, not just memory Engagement, not simply transmission Inquiry, not only compliance Exploration, not just acquisition Personalization, not simply uniformity Collaboration, not only competition Trust, not fear
We need fewer, clearer and more rigorous standards! OUR PROBLEM IS NOT SIMPLY STANDARDS, BUTOUR BEHAVIOR AND DESIGN AS WELL!!!!
We need more artists, so heres our plan. REQUIRE ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE MORE ART!
We need more scientists and mathematicians, so heres our plan. REQUIRE ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE MORE MATH AND SCIENCE!
What Works Best? REQUIRE MANDATE FORCE EXCITE CREATE PASSION MOTIVATE
Motivation is a key ingredient for success in learning.
I see no evidence of motivation in school improvement plans. We are obsessed with quantitative data as the key driver of our improvement efforts.
What got us to where we are today in education, will not get us to where we need to be!
In many cases, our efforts to transform education look much like the original system.
Why is it so hard to change? The more successful a system is, the more difficult it is to recognize when it must change. By example, market leaders are the last ones to transform. The American Education System, The market leader during the industrial era!
Market Leader Thinking Dominant logic: Thats the way we do things here.
Mental Locks We dont need to be creative for most of what we do (driving, shopping, business of living). So staying on routine thought paths enables us to do many things without having to think about it.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. (the most adaptable) HAVE WE ADAPTED?
Best practices allow you to do what you are currently doing a little better, while next practices increase your organizations capability to do things that it has never done before.
College and Career Readiness Defined Cognitive strategies: Intellectual openness; inquisitiveness; analysis; interpretation; precision and accuracy; problem solving; and reasoning, argumentation, and proof. Content knowledge: Understanding the structures and large organizing concepts of the academic disciplines, resting upon strong research and writing abilities. Academic behaviors: Self-management, time management, strategic study skills, accurate perceptions of ones true performance, persistence, ability to utilize study groups, self- awareness, self-control, and intentionality. Contextual skills and knowledge: Facility with application and financial-aid processes and the ability to acculturate to college. David Conley
Expertise can sometimes be a road block to problem solving and the development of Next Practices. Experts see their points as critical to resolution, without sometimes valuing the thinking of others.
A Story…. Sir Ken Robinson Paul McCartney George Harrison
-Shurnyu Suzuki In the beginners mind there are many possibilities; in the experts mind there are few.
This Generation… Teenagers surveyed… Use MySpace and Face Book use texting instead of e-mail (parents) nearly 60% would rather use e-mail than a telephone are likely to have 6 applications running at once on their PC
This Generation… The killer application for todays students isnt You Tube, Face Book, My Space, Google, Moodle, Pod-casting or some Wiki-site For digital teens, the one and only killer app is… speed Consider this …
This Generation… –The fastest growing segment of computer-users today in the U.S. is 5 to 7 year olds
Three reasons for this… Abundance Asia Automation
#1 Abundance Malls, Target, PetsMart, Best Buy, Homes, Cars Self Storage Trash …. USA spends more on trash bags than 90 countries spend on everything
Abundance has produced an ironic result… Lessened the significance of things because you can get it anywhere. (no longer enough to create a product thats reasonably priced and functional) Products must be more R – Directed beautiful, unique, meaningful, aesthetic imperative
Abundance Elevates R – Directed Thinking Electric lighting was rare a century ago… Today it is commonplace and abundant. Yet…. Candles who needs them anymore? $2.4 billion business a year
#2 ASIA Knowledge workers new competition.. India, Philippines, China Programmers 70k – 80k are paid what a Taco Bell worker makes Chip designers 7k in USA …..1K in India Aerospace Engineers USA 6K… $650 in Russia Accountant USA 5K… $300 in Philippines
#3 Automation Last century machines proved they could replace human backs This century new technologies are proving they can replace human left brains Any job that depends on routines is at risk. Automation is changing even doctors work. Outsource.com
Left hemisphere is sequential, logical and analytical. The Left powered the Information Age. Still necessary, but no longer sufficient. Right hemisphere is non linear, intuitive and holistic. The Right qualities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness and meaning will power the Conceptual Age.
A new age valuing…. High Concept: the capacity to detect patterns / opportunities to create, to be artistic / emotional beauty and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new. High Touch: involves the ability to empathize with others, understand the subtleties of human interaction to find joy and elicit it in others
High Concept / High Touch GMs top leader… I see us being in the art business. MBAs becoming the blue collar workers for the conceptual age. Graphic designers have increased ten fold in the last decade. Since 1970, 30% more people are earning a living as writers. More Americans today work in art, entertainment and design than as lawyers, accountants and auditors.