From Date - Jul 25, 2020


Why 5+5 = ? is not the right question

New technologies are making it increasingly easy to change ideas into products and services. This can be exemplified through industries like the music industry. An industry that thought that downloading would obliterate its profits - instead it just transformed its business model. One could argue that a similar revolution needs to take place within the educational industry.

It is worthy of note that the music and film industries profits combined have been superseded by a brand new industry that of digital gaming. I mention this in passing to reinforce my claim that much of what went before as good practice was neither good then nor is it readily applicable to today's changing world.

What we have effectively unleashed are new routes to self-expression as we move towards a world where the robot will take care of robotic work allowing the human to flourish creatively. This may take some time to instill itself in places where the price of human labour is exceedingly low but it has already happened in regions like Europe.

A prime example of this shift is that according to the OECD in 2018 49% of the income into London comes from the Financial Services through the City and a similar sum comes from the Creative Industries and Service Industries. London manufactures virtually nothing. It is a financial and ideas capital. This is a trend that is going global and it is reflected in other major cities across the planet.

To fully profit from this will require a change of mindset at every level of society. If governments need creative citizens in order that their economies remain competitive then they need to see their citizens as creative potential and not just bundles of need. All agencies including schools must recognise the learner as a huge untapped asset upon which our development depends and that they are not seen as vessels to be filled with declarative learning.