I spent the day today going through TED videos, mostly on education. I am now very energized about teaching! But more so: I see where education could be headed, if traditional education doesn’t get in the way (which it might – it’s very powerful). Now, I’m not against traditional education – I’m a product of traditional education – but I also know from my background as a Silicon Valley tech guy that the most successful and useful “innovators” and entrepreneurs are the ones who do not think traditionally (or rather, have unlearned how to think traditionally). I am also one of those people – I think outside the box. This is also why I might spend a day watching TED videos for fun – I love to learn, but on my own terms. And you know what? Kids feel the same way.
I’m now training to become a teacher so I can help the next generation. I figure I’ve been in tech long enough. I do not want to teach in a traditional manner however. Traditional education is quickly becoming obsolete. I want to use my knowledge, skills, creativity and non-traditional thinking to guide the next generation. Even if I land a job in a traditional setting, I would still try my best to teach in a non-traditional manner. For me, the overriding question is: “how do we teach our children to think about possibilities and solve complex problems (in other words: innovate)?” Fortunately, U.S. educational system is asking the same question. Common Core is coming online which will create an environment of deeper thinking and collaboration: two vital components for innovation. As for the teachers however, what they will need to do is: 1. encourage, not discipline; 2. understand and use technology; 3. get out of the way and let creativity happen. This will not be easy for many traditional teachers. It will be easy for me though because this is how I’ve taught people for the last 30 years. It’s how the tech industry works… so why wouldn’t schools look and act the same? I’m ready to lead the charge!
Oh ya, here's a small list of my favorite TED talks as of April 2013:
Re-imagining school (12 talks)
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover
Other interesting stuff
Richard St. John's 8 secrets of Success
Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview
Seth Godin: This is broken
Seth Godin: The tribes we lead
Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all
Kaki King rocks out to "Pink Noise"
Where do ideas come from? (5 talks)
TED: Best of the Web