Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
As technology progresses, the world is becoming more automated. Following up on my post from yesterday about right brain vs. left brain thinking, in the future I believe it will be important to have more right brain thinkers. Parts of our jobs that are repetitive or replicable will be automated and performed by computers or machines. People will need to learn new skill sets in order to survive in the 21st century. This has nothing to outsourcing. It will be the natural outcome of the ever-changing improvements in technology.
We need to promote creativity to stay afloat, and it has to start in the schools.
Sir Ken Robinson is a British author, speaker, and advisor on education, innovation, and creativity. His TED Talk about creativity in schools is one of the highest watched videos they’ve ever had. If you ever went to school, know people who go to school, or have children who attend school (did that cover everyone) and only ever watch one video on a blog, I hope you choose this one.
This kid, Logan Laplant, is really cool. I hope my daughter will grow up to be this well-rounded. This is what education should be like. If you ever watch two videos on a blog, this might be a good second choice.
Our industrial age education system has reached the end of the road. We need leaders and employees who can problem solve, who can think outside the box. The time for rote knowledge has passed. We need to ensure that our next generation can operate in situations of uncertainty instead of being paralyzed when there is not a “right” answer. They will need to use both sides of their mind, not just the logical portion. We need to continue to promote creativity in schools.