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October 20, 2016

Column A or Column B?

by Zahir

Aware
Committed
Creative
Honest
Improvising
Incisive
Independent
Initiating
Innovating
Insightful
Leading
Strategic
Supportive ———————————- >

or

Obedient

If you were planning a trillion-pound, sixteen-year indoctrination program to turn out the next generation of our society, which column would you build it around?

The present school system is built on fear. Fear of exams. Fear of Ofsted. Fear of failure.

All this fear can only output blank generations capable of being obedient.

Yet the world has changed since the modern school was conceived in an industrial Britain. Then the economy needed homogenised, obedient workers and pliant, eager consumers. Today the mass-customisable planet demands innovation.

Education policy must, then, topple Column B. Only then can students be free from the fear of failure.

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