Education as Stewards and Purveyors of our Collective Wisdom
Stephen Downs ((Half an Hour) posted in the Working Smarter Daily website on an un-attributed report appearing in document from the New America Foundation. I thought Stephen’s points of disagreement in the article were bang on. In particular I liked how Stephen described the purpose of education and the importance of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Over the past few years I’ve been involved in efforts to de-fragment the the education, employment training, employer community and government policy sectors. Essentially my interest was to stimulate dialogue among these players that could lead to a more coherent and effective youth employment training strategy.
Stephen’s counter point post is well worth a review, particularly for individuals who are trying to create new strategies to address the complexities of our networked economy and the post job era. His last point brought home the real purpose of education.
It’s not a question of whether or not colleges and universities are “worth saving”. To view the question in such terms is to treat them merely as economic entities and assessing them against their financial value. But they are just vessels.
What we have, in societies around the world, is a millennia-old legacy of educational institutions as stewards and purveyors of our collective wisdom not as an engine of employment or economic development, but as the reason employment and economic development exist.