The EU’s recent economic crisis pointed to a definite faultline - all the countries with collapsing economies (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece) happened to be in the south, while thriving economies (Germany, France, Scandinavia) were northern. I was living in Madrid last spring and found an unfortunate parallel between the national character I so admired and the rapidly rising unemployment rate. Not-so-surprisingly, a focus on family, friends, leisure time, and getting the most out of life, was not as productive as the disciplined fast-paced work ethic of Germany, the UK, or the US for that matter. (Bummer.)
In this video, Philip Zimbardo attributes these differences in priorities to different perceptions of time. He separates people into past-oriented, present-oriented, and future-oriented. Further, he suggests that different time perceptions tend to be passed down through certain cultures and are an important element of national character. (The example given is that people in northern Italy are more future-oriented, while people in southern Italy are more present-oriented.)
Yet another very interesting RSA animation and this time its of a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, a world renowned education and creativity expert, on changing educational paradigms. This talk addresses the many flaws in our modern educational system created for an era long gone and which is now failing so many children around the world.
The problem with schools these days. Super interesting and super important.
Our education system is flawed. We all seem to know this but no one seems to do anything about it. Only thing our gov’t has ever done is throw money at it. It’s about time we start seeing the real problems and maybe we can find some answers