U.S. teachers consistently rate a little below average – are they just not smart or is there something else going on? Currently teachers are being taken from the bottom third of graduates.
Great teachers can make a huge difference in students’ whole lives, so we really need to inspire teachers. Unfortunately the gap between teachers’ salaries and salaries in other professions (ie. lawyers) is much larger in the U.S. than in other countries (South Korea, Finland etc…) These countries have much better student achievement rates.
Teacher training is fundamentally broken as there is too much focus on theory and not enough practical. We’re not training teachers for the present and the future.
Teachers really need great ongoing education so they can stay up-to-date with changing methodologies.
This was an interesting podcast because I feel teachers probably aren’t getting the respect they deserve in a lot of western countries. There seems to be a perception that people become teachers because they don’t know what else to do, rather than the fact that they are educating the minds of the future and improving whole countries.
The other interesting point is about educating the children of the future – there are so many stats floating around about the different kinds of jobs people will have in 10 or 20 years, and we really aren’t preparing children for these. Tim Ferris also has some really good points on education that I agree with. I think there needs to be more emphasis on creative thinking and problem solving, as well as emotional education, and less emphasis on simply memorising facts (ie. history class). The things that have traditionally been taught at school should be picked up by kids at home – there should be a lot more education going on at home after school. How do we inspire kids to want to learn in their own time?
The future will be gradual, and then sudden.
The jobs of the future will probably revolve around freelance and contract work, as people and priorities are constantly changing. The key is to be creative and unique (in your job), or society will find a way to replicate you and what you do.
The classrooms of the future should teach:
habit forming and breaking, relationships, meditation, love, peace, finding what you have a natural affinity for and not wasting time on other things. We don’t need maths, music, history, driving etc… The time to learn these more empathic life skills has to come from somewhere so the traditional subjects need to be sacrificed.
Some more tips:
The modern world is full of distractions and is making us unhappy. Try to declutter your life.
Don’t associate with high-conflict people – they will always draw you in to share their unhappiness.
The purpose of life: to live your life, keep learning and growing, enjoy life, see things the way they truly are and live in harmony with this truth.
Recommended books: Falling into Grace, The Origin of Conscience, Mastering the Core Teachings (of Buddha), The Power of Habit.
I agree with many of the things Naval proposes we teach in future classrooms: so many problems in the world today revolve around a lack of empathy for other human beings, and not enough consideration for the environment.
If you have a chance – listen to this whole podcast because this guy is very inspiring and has a soothing voice!
Seth has a lot of interesting hobbies that involve meticulous attention to detail. He loves learning and is very thoughtful about processes.
He makes good coffee from scratch, but doesn’t drink it. He roasts his own coffee beans because the key to a good product is the raw materials.
He owns thousands of books due to being involved with book ideas earlier in his career. He says books are a bargain compared with the knowledge you gain. He will buy a book if it contains at least 3 good insights.
He claims we need to teach children creative problem solving after school, so they’re ready for the future. This is the only way to beat people in 3rd-world countries who can produce things quicker and cheaper.
Life tips from Seth:
It costs very little to find out about something and experiment with it, but people are afraid (of the commitment? of making mistakes?)
Trying to start a business? Tell 10 people, and if they don’t tell anyone, you know it’s not the best idea.
Try to blog or write everyday – this way you organise your thoughts about the world, and can start to notice patterns and make predictions. This is good for you and your future career.
How much money do you really need aside from basic living? What are you willing to trade for more money?
Steven Pressfield – The War of Art
Zig Ziglar – Motivation, and Closing a Sale
Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership (at Stanford): Why Company Culture is Crucial ft. Dharmesh Shah from Hubspot
Transparency is very important – everyone needs to know everything that is going on. This doesn’t mean a democracy – not everyone gets to make decisions about what happens.
Simple hacks regarding office politics and company culture:
- never just assume the company culture will take care of itself. Keep talking about the culture. Review it regularly.
- every time a new hire comes in, everyone’s names are re-drawn to move desks. That way no one can get bitter about favouritism, window desks, corner offices etc…
Also check out the Hubspot Culture Code which has gained a lot of popularity since being published a few years ago:
– feature image via Intel.com – classrooms of the future