Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Education Systems

Here is a link to a good TedTalk on Creativity and Education (given by Ken Robinson) forwarded by Aylin Koca. I have seen across the world while lecturing in Universities in North America, Scandinavia, Middle East and South Asia that a large number of students coming out are thoroughly unprepared for the 21st century. From having no concept of what the Global business world is about to not being able to look beyond what they have been taught. I truly see some of these students looking like deer when they look at headlights coming at them at 60 mph.

I believe that just like the consumer has come to realize that they can choose, similarly the students will start to ask why we are still using the same methods of teaching from 100 years ago while the world is moving at 100 times the speed from 100 years ago.

And the students must (as they are the consumers of education), otherwise... the educational bureaucracies (the corporation) must continue to sell and make money from the shortest and easiest paths available to them.

1 comment:

Aylin Koca said...

Relating to your analogy between students and consumers, as well as the whole topic here, there is a recent book of Prof. Clayton Christensen et al. called "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns" (http://disruptingclass.mhprofessional.com/apps/ab/about-the-book/). Quite intriguing.