blog category: schools and education

Is education killing creativity?

This TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson really is one of my favourites. It highlights some of the shortcomings of the education system both in the UK and around the world.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Watch on TED.com »

You can fail at what you don’t want…

I recently watched a video of a speech delivered by Jim Carrey at Maharishi University of Management, in which he inspired graduating students with a heartfelt insight into how he’s achieved so much success. If you have a spare 26 minutes and 9 seconds, I’d urge you to watch it too.

From that speech, there’s one line which I think we can all take something from: “I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Reasons to be cheerful…

Every time I get the opportunity to speak with ambitious young people, I continue to be amazed by some of the things they say.

Perhaps it’s because times have changed, and young people are more ambitious than they used to be, or perhaps it’s that they’re more open to new opportunities and are less fazed by the potential challenges they face that might stand in the way of them achieving their goals.

Honestly, I don’t care what the reason is. All I know is that the next generation of budding entrepreneurs will be the biggest, and most successful, ever. The way entrepreneurialism has been influenced by factors such as the internet and developments in marketing is a really great thing for young business owners and the economy of the UK and the world.

The next generation of young entrepreneurs

This week I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved as a speaker and a judge with the Young Enterprise programme in Worcestershire. As part of Young Enterprise, groups of students aged 15-18 start a real business, creating a brand new product before marketing and selling it to the general public. They build their business over a period of 8 months, and then create a company report, trade stand and short presentation which is judged in area, regional, national and even European finals.

What I love about Young Enterprise is that it isn’t just theory-based. It gives students the very real opportunity to experience the business world and encourages them to innovate while considering all aspects of what makes a business work. It’s just a real shame that this isn’t a bigger part of the core curriculum, as the standard Business Studies and Economics courses only go a very short distance in preparing young people for running a business themselves.

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Is the modern education system up to scratch?

Albert Einstein famously said:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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Many of you will know that I have a few challenges with the school systems that are currently in place – both in the UK and, despite a few small differences, across the world. I strongly believe that young people today aren’t afforded the freedom to consider every option that’s available to them when it comes to deciding on their career path…

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