I’ve noticed when I say the words “education”, “teaching” and “learning” people fall asleep. Not literally, but it has the same general impact.
Many of us, myself included, like to parrot pearls of wisdom like “Education is passport to the future” (Malcolm X) and “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela).
But given the superficial interest we seem to show to education as a topic of conversation, these are platitudes at best.
What seems to interest most people outside the education sector, especially parents, are things like: prestige, price, uniforms and facilities.
Doesn’t this miss the point? What is education actually for?
Maybe part of the solution is giving education a makeover, starting with some word-play. I’ll swap:
- “Education” for “future-proofing”
- “Teaching” for “coaching”, and
- “Learning” for “mastery”
I want to future-proof my children in a rapidly changing world through expert coaching that provides mastery over the skills they’ll need to have a happy, meaningful, prosperous life.
Hmm, that might work better in getting their attention.
But wait, I also want that for myself.
Why? Because it’s relevant to what I do and where I want to go. It moves humanity forward.
And that’s what education for isn’t it – moving humanity forward.
One of the problems with how we view education is its hard-earned “old school” reputation. In my opinion, this is not aided by the Hogwarty schools run by old boys where prestige, price, uniforms and facilities, seems to get more airplay than future-proofing, coaching and mastery.
I’m fortunate enough to have seen many examples of innovation in my line of work as a filmmaker to know that cutting-edge education deserves more than a yawn or a snore.
In the upcoming series Futurists World I interviewed The Entourage founder Jack Delosa. Jack’s a high-profile investor, one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs and has been listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Young Rich List. Jack could do anything he wants but has turned his focus to education because he feels it is well-overdue for massive disruption.
In the original web series Innovation High about 21st Century Education, experts in the field echo Jack’s sentiments. With the rapid move towards AI and automation, future-proofing is more important today than ever, and schools need to innovate and evolve fast to keep up.
Our work with groups like Learning Environments Australasia, Hayball Architecture and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School demonstrates that great leaps forward are taking place right now and innovation is transforming outcomes for students.
So I think it’s high time education has a make over and we should begin at the top with the Minister of Future-Proofing, leading the Department of Coaching & Mastery, committed to the Domestic Market Development of our Next Gen Tax Payers because “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin).
By Mike Hill, Founder & Filmmaker, Moonshine Agency