Seth Godin has a great piece on his blog about Sheepwalking which he defines as “as the outcome of hiring people who have been raised to be obedient and giving them a braindead job and enough fear to keep them in line.” 

I totally agree with Seth’s theory – we see the result everyday, in bad, or no service.  Drones who quote and requote “our policy”, even if it doesn’t make any sort of sense. 

If we have any hope in keeping the innovation curve arcing upwards, we need to start educating a new breed of student who is comfortable in thinking critically, not just parroting back whatever knowledge he/she has been filled with. 

One Response to “Sheepwalking…”

  1. Isn’t it eastern countries where the focus is on memorization? In the west, isn’t the focus on the bigger picture? Both approaches have merit and drawbacks.

    In The Economist (Feb 8, 2007), there’s an article entitled “Bright Sparks” (seems like everyone uses ‘spark’ these days ;)) about the mathematical performance of 15 year olds around the world. The highest scores are in Finland, Korea and the Netherlands. Next are Japan *Canada*, Britain and New Zealand with similar scores. Sweden, Hungary and the United States follow. The last 2 countries are below the international mean.

    Different approaches are used in Japan and Canada, say. But the results end up being similar.

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