Are Schools killing innovation and Entrepreneurship?

School’s are systematically stamping out creativity and slowing down innovation world wide by trying to standardize everything. Ken Robinson’s speech is a reminder that celebrating and encouraging the development of individual talent is much more likely to nurture creativity but most schools today focus on teaching in a standardized manner as if everyone was the same.

Schools kill creativity

There’s been a lot of talk that Innovation has been stalling, particularly in the classic areas of Science. For most of us who grew up to the whole “Tech Revolution” we didn’t have the benefit of being “educated” in that discipline. We had to discover it ourselves and essentially create our own future. There were no real courses one could attend for instance in the 80’s on the use of Computers and no teachers or mentors on how to do business over the Internet in the 90’s. We had to learn it by ourselves and be creative in the process and it is that unregulated and untaught subject matter that has created the worlds largest companies today in a span of just a few decades.

This also means that Schools have played a significant part in stamping out the Entrepreneurial spirit because, by definition, an Entrepreneur will try to stand out, take risks and be different which in most Schools is typically not encouraged. I’ll write more on that later.

Student’s brain flatlined during classes

Student’s brain flatlined during classes

I seem to know a lot of people who seem to flatline during classes (or grand lectures of any kind?). The below should be tested on a wider scale to see how effective Classes are for most students, the results may be surprising (and shocking perhaps?).

From “A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity” (by Poh, M.Z., Swenson, N.C., Picard, R.W. inIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.5), a chart showing a single student’s electrodermal activity over the course of a week. Note the neural flatlining during classtime. As Joi Ito notes, “Note that the activity is higher during sleep than during class.” He also adds, “Obviously, this is just one student and doesn’t necessarily generalize.”

via boingboing and Joi Ito

Flatlining Student in Class

Poh, M.Z., Swenson, N.C., Picard, R.W., “A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.5, pp.1243-1252, May 2010. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2009.2038487

Outblaze CSR

We recently got featured on our CSR activities and how we introduce it in our working environment. Maybe in the future this sort of thing isn’t even news worthy anymore because CSR activities will become so commonplace that it’s expected behaviour.

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iPhone is 6 years old

iPhone is 6 years old

On January 9th, 2007 Steve Jobs announced what he called a “revolutionary mobile phone” and right he was. Even if the iPhone isn’t the most popular smartphone out there, it led the charge and showed the way to a new mobile future. Happy Birthday iPhone, you’re 6 years old now and you’ve already changed the world.

Think Blaze

Think Blaze

ThinkBlaze is a project we’ve been working on the last few months; it is a research and idea generation organization, a think tank of sorts and it has issued its first work, a study titled “Does the Learning Medium Matter?” It looks at the impact of low-cost tablets on children in elementary school with some considerations about the very serious problem of the Digital Divide.