(2012-04-06) Macleod Creative Age Of Education
Hugh MacLeod thinks we need to move to a Creative Age (New Economy vs previous 2 ages: PreIndustrial and Industrial Age) of Educating Kids. *Like most students, I learned how to learn, basically. I don’t think that’s enough anymore... Kids in the future are simply not going to leave school with this big, bumper crop of plum jobs waiting for them to fill, not like they used to. In the future, kids will leave school and increasingly be expected to create their own viable realities. Like David Gergen alluded to, these young adults will be expected not just to do the work, but expected to ACTUALLY invent something. Create something, not just obey orders, not just fulfill some sort of social role...
As I see it, there are basically two ways, at least if you go at it from a college-age, StartUp mentality. One is the more risky path advocated by my wonderfully lucid friend, Jason Calacanis, to forget college and instead, “Spend Your College Tuition on Being Mentored and Starting a Company.” That’s probably what I would have chosen for myself, nowadays. That, or apprenticing (ApprenticeShip) for a master at something, the way English tailors learn their craft, or how the advertising legend, Dave Trott used to hire kids right off the street in London and give theme a chance at writing ads (Hence the earlier Jiro/Mastery reference]. Learning on the job, as it were. The street-fighter’s approach. Tough, brutal, intense, but a first-class education nonetheless in the University of Life.
The second way is what I see Len Schesinger trying to do at Babson College (College Education).… shaking things up… evolving the idea of school (BusinessSchool, anyway) as not just a place of learning, but also as a place of DOING... This is the idea of a college as not just a seat of learning, but an Incubator, of sorts. These days, business schools like Babson aren’t just competing Harvard or Wharton, they’re competing with Y-Combinator and 500Startups.*
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