An interesting, broad and even deep post on education in the US these days…  to maybe lesser degrees (excuse the pun) in Canada, but there are linkages.  Poor sentence structure, but you get the point.  🙂

Then, there is this classic from Sir Ken Robinson.  With all of this, I am moved to pose the question… what is the purposefulness of education?

Is it to find a job?  My favorite and toughest, Professor Rolf Hattenauer, back in the early 80’s … he left us all with the idea that it was to teach us to think.

I believe this to be so even more today.  Consider this, a little outdated but on the conservative side, if you will.  The pacing, seemingly, has only increased; and it can be overwhelming… especially for education.  Why are we learning?  For what purpose?

We cannot predict jobs and careers even 5 years into the future anymore.  Technology and culture are both changing so very quickly.  The world is evolving in some way, shape or form at powerful rates.  With this in mind, I believe and contend that we need to expand upon Professor Hattenauer’s message.  Indeed, we still need to consider professions and trades and arts and sciences.  But education must return and advance to a process of forging character, capacity and creativity to meet the needs of an ever increasingly changing world at work and beyond.  These are the pillars of great learning that is adaptive and resourceful…. and strives for excellence, growth and change.

We are.  We are indeed.  In the coming weeks and months we will explore these three pillars in closer detail.  For now, ask yourself what is the purposefulness of an education as we climb deeper into the 21st century?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™


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