I firmly believe that we should look at value, defined by how happy you are (because you do things that matter to you) and how much you contribute to society (including your own family or friends) – making use of your own strengths and talents.
What if we could let go of everything education is about right now, if we could start anew:
- What are the skills and knowledge needed in the world of today and tomorrow? What would children need to learn (until age 18)? [Is it ‘advanced maths’, or rather ‘learn to develop your own path’, ‘learn to become valuable – economically & socially, and get more out of yourself than you’d ever imagine’?]
- How can they best learn [based on their specific needs, talents, learning styles]?
- What is needed to facilitate this? [what technology, what kind of facilitators or teachers, buildings etc]
- How can this be scaled, so that everybody has access to (this new type of) Education?
- How can it be financed? [Are subsidies needed, or can it be viable on its own? Can 3rd parties provide a solution?]
- How can it be quickly implemented/ rolled out? [Do national governments need to approve, which can take years, or can it be done differently?]
- How can quality be assured? [Do we need standardized tests, can you assess differently? Is this still necessary, do the results speak for itself?]
I want to create a ‘charter’ from this, a 1- or 2-pager with starting points. These will become my ‘stick in the ground’, my compass direction for the coming years. It will also help to concentrate all the energy and initiatives – if we all look at the same thing and are not distracted by semantics, we can make this bigger and bigger. It also helps to spread the message if it is clear, compact and achievable.
I will ask the questions above to several people and groups around me, curious to see if these views will differ or not.
Please also share your own thoughts, in the comments below, by mail, through Facebook, Twitter or any other channel that suits you.