While writing the future proofing of marketing post recently , it also occurred to me that we have a generation of kids now becoming serious adults who have grown up immersed in the web 2.0. They are a different breed, even different to their almost generational siblings born in the late 70’s and 80’s who were around in the development days, these kids leaving school now did not know a world without an i in front of it.
The sale of 6 year old Tumblr, created by a young high-school dropout David Karp for $1.1 billion, to Yahoo this week just highlights the point. Whilst there are not many smart enough, motivated enough, and commercially capable enough to create a startup that turns into a billion dollar baby, we are not teaching our kids anything like the creativity, agility of mind, and determination necessary to do so.
It scares the daylights out of me, as we are spending billions trying to educate our kids into the mould that made us.
Ken Robinson is clearly right, the traditional, industrial age education is failing our kids, we are not giving them the tools to be successful and happy in a world we cannot forecast. How can a cariculum designed in the nineties be relevent to the intellectual tools and practises necessary on the 2020’s and beyond?
All we talk about is the money it costs, not what we get out the other end, education is not an expense, it is an investment, and we better figure out how to be better at it.