I was one of the lucky few who was given an advance copy of Seth Godin’s book: Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? His book hits home for me especially involving education. I asked Seth how his ideas fit with schools today and how we can better prepare for our students’ future.
Q. Since I work with educators, I am curious how you see teachers leading this change to more of a gift-giving and artist model. How do you see teacher education in the future as it relates to this model?
Q. Universities take the longest to change. Does everyone need to take classes with the information they mastered already? How can university students set their agenda, challenge material they know already, and demonstrate what they understand?
Q. Education tends to be a top-down driven model where administrators, standards, policies, and test scores drive what teachers teach. How do you see education changing with this model where the individual sets their agenda?
Q. There is a movement in social networking and Web 2.0 circles where individuals are responsible for their own learning. They build their personal learning network, use and share free resources, and find information from their connections. Is this an example of how individuals will set their agenda for their own learning? How do you see emerging technologies impacting teaching and learning?
Q. Schools today tend to require that everyone is on the same page. What age or grade level do we start teaching children to see? How would you teach individuals to find the artist in each of us?
Q. It seems like you may have to create some models demonstrating how a school can prepare its students for the 21st century. Do you know of any schools that already use your model?
Q. Do we need to continue the industrial education model (school buildings open 9-3, students at specific grade levels, teachers in classrooms, and summers off), or do you have new models for education based on your ideas of giving, sharing, and artists that set their own agendas?
Q. How do you see job training in the future?
Q. If everyone gives their products and ideas away, then what is the revenue model for this new type of artist?
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I hope you enjoyed the interview with Seth Godin. I was part of a WebRing with 20 others who posted this at the same time in 2010. It was originally on My eCoach. I brought it over here in 2012 to share it with you. Please share it with your friends.
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