If you have any interest in education, training or personal/spiritual formation, do yourself a favour and watch this. It’ll be a wise investment of 12 mins.
At a recent breakfast meeting I was at there was an interesting debate with the headmaster of a well-known boys grammar school. I asked a question about whether the current system and curriculum serves to educate young people rather than prepare them to participate in the economy. How does our current schooling system develop enquiring minds rather than people skilled at taking in data and spitting it back out?
I found it an interesting debate. A few days later one participant sent me a link to the youtube piece above. How fascinating is it? And how beautiful is the animation?
I enjoyed his cheeky assertion that the epidemic of ADHD gets worse as you move eastwards in the US. Interested that genius levels decline as you get educated. Particularly intrigued by the connection between the shape of our education system and the industrial revolution factory.
I’m no educationalist, but I am interested in this stuff. And maybe some of you professionals who know about it could enlighten me more. I’m interested because I have children involved in the education process. Interested also because of how I experience these things as they happen in church, where education and formation is key.
Is it just me or are people, children and adults, increasingly unable, or unwilling, to ask questions? Certainly the average church service is set up so that we, your teachers, (whether in class or in the pulpit) will deliver you the answers, which you can then parrot back when the moment requires. There is no need for you to own, or have any personal stake in the material. Trust me, I’m a teacher, preacher, bible study leader.
I’m leading a formation group for 15-17 year olds at the moment and the simple focus is on opening the floor for questions. How do we ask questions of a bible text? How do we develop enquiring, inquisitive minds, that are curious about life, the world, faith, the bible, etc. etc.
What difference would more divergent thinking make if it was encouraged in our congregations?