What is School For?

From Seth Godin’s blog this morning (May 6, 2011)

What’s high school for?

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

  • How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved.
  • The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
  • How to read critically.
  • The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
  • An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
  • How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
  • Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
  • Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
  • An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
  • Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving

 

I had lunch yesterday with a now aging retired CEO of a NYSE company who has been a dear friend for many years. One of the things he was pondering and lamenting was how we (America) had lost (in his opinion) our leadership in so many vital areas over the last few decades. Reading over these ten points just now provides, I think, some significant insight into the answer to his question. It reminded me of the circular axiom so full of wisdom, ‘Teach to learn. Learn to teach.’

I really do hope this elicits your comment! David

About David Mills

David is the Founder, Catalyst, and Co-creator of Workplace Hidden Opportunities. Workplace Hidden Opportunities is an information management Specialized Knowledge Platform™ (SKP™) focused exclusively on the workplace and corporate real estate. Together with the W100 a book by the same title is in progress.
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