NMSA09: Daniel Pink Keynote

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

Daniel Pink being introduced by two 8th grade students from here in Indiana who collectively speak 7 languages.

Dan is the father of a middle schooler and one heading into middle school next year.

Topic: Education and the Economy

Admits he is not an educator and offers thoughts as an outsider…THANK YOU

The purpose of public education in America is not to deliver employees to employers…it’s about ensuring everyone can participate in civic society, that every kid can move to become the best version of him/herself.

“We need to prepare kids for their future, not our past.” Dr. Richard Moniuszko

OUR PAST IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR KIDS FUTURE…SADLY WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE HOW IT WILL BE DIFFERENT…HOPEFULLY WE’RE SENDING THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION (OR SET OF DIRECTIONS)

Pink: Graduated in the part of his law class that made the top 90% possible

GUESS THERE’S HOPE FOR EVERYONE…NOW MOVING INTO BRAIN DISCUSSION…

A lot of what you’ve heard about Left and Right brain is garbage…but the science is catching up.  Our brain is really complicated, but really efficient.

Left: Logical, linear, sequential, analysis

Right: All at once, context, synthesis

Left brain abilities are absolutely necessary, but they are no longer enough.

3 Causes of above (From A Whole New Mind)

  1. Asia
  2. Automation
  3. Abundance

Asia – Outsourcing is woefully overhyped in the short run, but underhyped in the long run.  India has an advantage in global economy: 1 Billion people a small percentage of whom are ltalented enough and able to compete in global markets, let’s say 15%…that’s 150 Million people, there are about 139 Million working people in the US today.  FIVE months until India becomes the worlds largest English speaking country. ZERO is the cost of communication between India and the rest of the world.

Anything Routine is racing to whereever things can be done cheaper.  If it has a right answer it’s no longer valuable, just goes to where it can be done cheaper and faster.

Automation – Software is replacing our brain. At least the logical, linear, rule-based side.  TurboTax ($39.95) is the problem for accountants that charge $1000 for their services.  22 Million Americans  did their taxes via TurboTax last year.  CompleteCase.com, 3StepDivorce.com, 123DivorceMe.com…sites for uncontested divorce paperwork rather than hiring a lawyer.

Abundance – More automobiles than licensed driver in America today.  Color TVs in 98% of American’s homes.  Mobile phones in 90% of American households which has more computing power than existed 50 years ago.

In a world of abundance there’s power in giving people something they didn’t know they were missing (a la the iPod) That’s an Artistic principle.

GLAD I READ A WHOLE NEW MIND BEFORE COMING…SOME OF THIS WOULD LEAVE ME TOTALLY FLABBERGASTED IF NOT…WHOO HOO I FEEL PREPARED 🙂

Abilities that Matter Most Now:

  • Design
  • Story
  • Symphony
  • Empathy
  • Play
  • Meaning

1. Explore New Metrics – we must measure the right things…not IQ, SAT or Grades…JSPE lead to Clinical Empathy being taught in every Medical School

2. Get Real about STEM – Medical schools sending students to Art Museum for diagnostic training.  Software does certain diagnoses very well.  Too many answers for any doctor to be a vending machine of answers.  Leads to higher need for observation skills, like those of painters and sculptors.  Schools taking out arts, while real STEM world is adding them back.  What are Engineering employer’s looking for? Passion, Life long learning, Systems Thinking, Innovation, Multicultural Environment, Context, Ability to Change…NOT ROUTINE SKILLS.

3. Rethink Motivation – The Candle Problem. Incentivized group took longer than non-incentivized group to solve a problem (NO FURTHER REFERENCE?)

4. More Forest, Less Terrarium – What does creativity mean? Superintendents: Problem Solving, Employers: Problem Identification/Articulation

5. Infuse arts education into the curriculum – thinking like an artist, giving people something incredible…signature of our time.  Creative Arts are essential to achieving a competitive edge.

GREAT KEYNOTE TO OPEN THE CONFERENCE.  FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT, HERE’S THE TED TALK THAT COVERS SOME OF THE MOTIVATION DISCUSSION THAT DAN SHARED WITH US.  COMPUTER BATTERY DYING SO I’M GOING TO GIVE IT A REST FOR A WHILE AND WILL RECAP DAY ONE LATER THIS EVENING AFTER I HAVE SOME TIME TO PROCESS IT!

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