I can’t reblog as such but I thought this was one of the best blog posts I have read in a long time. I read The Big Picture everyday and this one I have saved to my Evernote files.
This is just a sample of some of the issues tackled.
EDUCATION IS PREPARATION
Knowledge for itself is pooh-poohed, other than at the most elite institutions, where the liberal arts are vaunted but everybody’s an entrepreneur making money while studying. Traditional culture, whether it be the symphony or the opera or…is dying because no one studies it, it’s not seen as relevant or important. America is all business, all of the time.
When I worked my organisation used a think called StrengthsFinder. Initially I gave it short shrift. Over time I came to recognise much of what it said about me was indeed accurate. One of top 5 strengths was Learner, described as:
“You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered — this is the process that entices you.”
I’m sure everyone will find something that resonates in this piece.