There is a lot of talk about reforming education, getting a good education, and the return on investment of a good education.
The cost of education, graduation rates, and tuition cost are symptoms, not the problem.
The problem is education.
Specifically, what the hell IS a good education?
We have totally lost focus of WHY we need to become educated which in turn has lead us far astray from HOW to get educated and WHAT we should be learning.
First the WHY.
It used to be good enough to get a ‘good education’, so that you could get a ‘good job’, that would reliably pay you a ‘good salary’, so that you could live a ‘good life’.
There are no more ‘good jobs’ because industries, jobs, and corporations are birthing and dying in the span of decades, and this cycle will shorten, not lengthen.
Getting trained to perform some function today, no matter how ‘hi-tech’ it may sound, is a trip to technopeasanthood which is a modern form of poverty.
The reason to get educated is not to get a ‘good job’, the reason to get educated is to create prosperity for yourself and others.
Which leads us to HOW do you create prosperity?
To create prosperity we must excel at two things; coordinating our own actions and coordinating the actions of others.
If you want to be successful at any time in history; past, present or future, the timeless secret is to;
- Excel at knowing exactly how you operate and knowing how and when to apply yourself.
- Excel at observing the cycle of all transactions, the operational perspective of others and how to manage the cycle.
No matter what the context is, creating prosperity requires being adept at these two things.
These are not optional.
Given an intention to create prosperity for ourselves and others, and knowing how prosperity is really created we can now have a design conversation about WHAT education should look like.
Sadly, the majority of education design conversations are about how to more efficiently deliver education focused on preparing students to get ‘good jobs’.
And, as you may have noticed, there are no more ‘good jobs’.