Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder? The former set of skills are taught in schools, the latter are not.
A fascinating start to an article from Sugata Mitra in the Guardian yesterday. Are we teaching the right skills in schools? See also Steve Wheeler’s interview with Sugata where Sugata says that the education system is not broken, but completely outdated.