I'm fascinated by the topic of the future of education and over at Freedom Lab, this post by Jörgen van der Sloot caught my eye.
"I've been diving into the topic of creativity for a bit these last
couple of weeks. Triggered by talks to Edward De Bono, our Fellow
collaborators in New York, Roger Martin's book 'The Opposable Mind' and
our own thoughts on a critical mode of thinking, it seems to me that a
'Masters Degree' is just not cut out anymore to face the 21st century.
We are always keen on the use of language and a big inhibitor for new
ways of more creative, integral or lateral thinking lies in the wording
of the degree we want the students of this world to obtain.
A Masters Degree teaches you exactly that: to become a Master in a
certain topic. Don't get me wrong, there's a great need for experienced
masters in our society, but it also means that you get taught what
others long before have learned. And the educational system is obsessed
with teaching students to become the masters of their trades. Then after
school, we organize our businesses and lives according to the
principles of the mastery. Now, that hardly seems to leave room for any
alternative perspective on some of the dilemmas of our society. It was
Einstein who said that "we can't solve problems by using the same kind
of thinking we used when we created them."
So we need new kinds of thinking. Without going into any possibilities
for that new kind of thinking, it seems to me that to allow ourselves to
open our minds, we should start with changing the one thing that locks
us into the current paradigm from the onset: your Masters Degree. After
all: you become what you say you are. Let's suppose that in addition to
mastery we need 'creativity' (as broadly defined as possible) then what
does mastery+creativity change our university degree into?"