Brent Schlenker tweeted an interesting question yesterday,
“Is it better to learn how to be fast at doing something, or to first learn to be good at it?
I think it depends on your goal and it is more important where you end up than where you begin. The more you create, the faster you adjust (learn), the faster you create a quality output.
Learn by doing.
Eric Scott shared the story that fits well with Brent’s question – what do you think?
A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.
To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best”.
To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”
The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.
The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfulls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones, and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.
At the end of class, both halves were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.
Things I found online this week that caught my attention. How about you? What did you discover?
World in Beta from @hjarche In a world exploding with potential, the way you embrace emerging technology, and the transformations it causes, will greatly affect your business. Be ready. Be part of it.
3 Issues Should Occupy Managers Over the Next 50 Years from @ “the best leaders of the future will spend half their time reading books.” – Tom Peters
The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners from Bill Taylor “So what is the opposite of boredom, the personal attribute that allows individuals to keep learning, growing, and changing, to escape their fixed attitudes and habits?”
1. a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device;
2. a person whose physical tolerances or capabilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by a machine or other external agency that modifies the body’s functioning; an integrated man–machine system.
Have you seen the short video (about 20 minutes) on the future of learning from Ericsson’s networked society? The video highlights interviews from several leading people offering their perspectives on where learning and education is heading. Below are a few takeaways from the video.
“The origins of traditional education lie inside the military, to a large extent. They needed identical people (soldiers, administrators and so on) so they could produce the system. When the industrial revolution happened, they too wanted identical people in their assembly line. Even in their consumers they wanted them to be identical so that they would require the same thing.” Sugata Mitra
If you look at the fact that we process 20 or 30 kids at a time in a batch just like in the factory. If you fail 3rd grade we hold you back and reprocess you. All matching the way the factory works. We built it on purpose and it was really useful for its function but we don’t have a shortage of factory workers anymore.” Seth Godin
Seth says that “there’s a big difference between access to information and school. They used to be the same thing. Information is now available online to anyone who has access and wants it.”
“Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don’t actually need to know anything. You can find out at the point when you need to know it. It’s the teacher’s jobs to point young minds to the right kind of question. The teacher doesn’t need to give any answers because answers are everywhere.” Sugata Mitra
“Learners who find the answers for themselves retain it better than if they are told the answer.” Sugata Mitra
You can’t imagine in a world where you sit down to do an exam and you ask yourself the question;
I hope there are no surprises on the exam paper. And your teachers think; I hope I prepared him for everything.
How would that prepare you to then go out into a world that everyday is going to surprise you – it’s full of surprise of the economy, of society, of politics, of invention, of technology. Everyday is a surprise.” Stephen Heppell
“Learning prepares you to cope with the surprises, education prepares you to cope with certainty. There is no certainty.” Stephen Heppell
“Revolutions destroy the perfect and they enable the impossible. They never go from everything is good to everything is good. There is a lot of noise in the middle.” Seth Godin
“No one I know takes standards tests for a living. So, why are we using standardized tests to see if you are going to be good when we don’t have standardized tests after you take it.” Seth Godin
“Education tends to move in stair step functions, in terms of change, so when it does change, it explosively changes. The move from pre-printing press to post-printing press is a one-time transition in history of the world in terms of education. Online education is going to be like that as well.” Jose Ferreira
“One of the revolutions that we’re going to see is where less and less of education is about a conveyor of content because that is going to be a commodity and hopefully one that’s going to be available to everyone around the world.” Daphane Koller Coursera co-founder/CEO
“If you add up every child in history, more children have left school in the past 30 years than have ever left school in history. If I were to make one change, I’d make their schooling just a little bit better. And that will change history faster than anything else.” Stephen Heppell