The notion that the current public education system in North America is not working for us is really resonating with me these days. Ever since I saw Seth Godin’s TedX talk called “Stop Stealing Dreams” last year, I seem to be tuned into all the examples that demonstrate that we are drumming out all the attributes in kids that are truly needed to make a difference in the world.
We talk about organizations needing to build cultures of innovation, creativity and curiosity. These attributes are found in every 3 year old and yet they seem to be rare by the time someone hits the workplace in their mid 20’s.
I happened to see a Canadian Milk Producers commercial today, and the following phrases resonated with me immediately:
- We were born curious
- Not everything we did as kids made sense
- Logic didn’t always rule our lives
- If something felt right, we did it
- The road between thought and action was short, straight and full of nothing but green lights
There are a selection of 4 ads that you can check out on Youtube – be sure to create a window of time to watch them and just let the images, words and music roll over you. Here is the one highlighting curiosity…
What are your thoughts? How are we doing at preparing today and tomorrow’s leaders in the school system? What can be done to ensure that innovation, creativity and curiosity are not lost during the learning journey?