This is one of the best articles I’ve read recently on the subject of Education. It’s so nice to hear this refreshing perspective on ‘how’ we are to cope with the overwhelming amount of information. This post should be read by Education ministers and those who are responsible for curriculum design.
The three minute video below is also worthy of your time.
Forget About Remembering, It’s Focus That’s the New Literacy
The cost of information is rapidly approaching zero.
Students are adrift in a sea of text without context.
Educators must help students make more effective use of the information that fills their lives – how to better access it, critically evaluate it, store it, analyze, share it, and maintain their focus.
“Filtering, not remembering, is the most important skill for those who use the Internet.
Knowledge was once an internal property of a person, and focus on the task at hand could be imposed externally, but with the Internet, knowledge can be supplied externally, but focus must be forced internally.”
When I’d finished reading this article I felt genuinely inspired, not just to clip the post or comment on it, but to think hard about the key messages Scott learned from Chris. I quickly realized how many times I’d broken those simple rules, especially with loved ones, and I’d have to say, I felt somewhat ashamed – too often, without contemplation = habit
Scott quite clearly states that this post is not just about how many RT’s or mentions, it’s beyond some kind of personal ego trip, he posted it because it actually contains some real gems of wisdom, some-of-which I’d inadvertently forgotten with all the tech hype and the hussle and bussle of daily life.
As a result of reading this, I’m also turning over a new leaf as of this moment. I’ve written the five points down on a small piece of paper and attached them to the fridge via a magnetic clay model of Düsseldorf. Thanks Scott for sharing this publicly, I’m sure others will benefit from it too.
Now I’m good with connecting people, but Chris did it at a level that I’ve never seen before. People who he met once on Friday morning, he remembered the names and details of and called them by name Friday evening.
When I asked Chris how he did this, he looked at me and just said “I genuinely just love people.”
In two words, Chris Brogan taught and modeled for me this: love people.
valuing the person in front of you
closing your laptop when someone walks in the room
remembering their names and life details without fail.
Do people like to keep busy for no reason? Or is being idle okay with most of us?
The researchers also found that people were happier when they were busy, even if they were forced into busyness.
How can people be happy being busy, if that busyness serves no purpose?
Why do people prefer to be busy doing something, anything? The researchers speculate it may be rooted in human evolution:
In their strife for survival, human ancestors had to conserve energy to compete for scarce resources; expending energy without purpose could have jeopardized survival. With modern means of production, however, most people today no longer expend much energy on basic survival needs, so they have excessive energy, which they like to release through action. Yet the long-formed tendency to conserve energy lingers, making people wary of expending effort without purpose.
If idle people remain idle, they are miserable. If idle people become busy, they will be happier, but the outcome may or may not be desirable, depending on the value of the chosen activity. Busyness can be either constructive or destructive. Ideally, idle people should devote their energy to constructive courses, but it is often difficult to predict which actions are constructive (e.g., are business investments or scientific discoveries always constructive?), and not every idle individual is capable of constructive contributions. [...]
We advocate a third kind of busyness: futile busyness, namely, busyness serving no purpose other than to prevent idleness. Such activity is more realistic than constructive busyness and less evil than destructive busyness.