“They come for three months – they stay for four years – and I welcome that. That’s how we learn. They see us up close and personal and we see them. A lot of countries that they come from have very different governments, with different rules. We get to learn about each without the filter of what they are told. I wouldn’t say that when they leave we fully understand each other’s cultures, but we are surely better off than we would have been if we hadn’t.”

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Needless to say those three words grabbed my attention immediately. And then when he said …

The culture of schooling is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.

Tony Wagner

I was hooked.

Very good Ted Talk – just one gripe …

He just about opens the talk with

I came to understand, that there’s a set of core competencies every young person must be well on their way to mastery before he or she finished high school.

– critical thinking and problem solving

– collaboration across networks and leading by influence

– agility and adaptability

– initiative and entropenorialism

– effective oral and written communication

– accessing and analyzing information

– curiosity and imagination

Tony Wagner

i.e. if you have left school, sorry – we taught you all wrong as to how to succeed in the life in front of you.

What he should have said was

I came to understand, that there’s a set of core competencies every person must master.

I know he doesn’t mean it and I guess it is about education – but the implication is that you have left school then ‘we taught you all wrong’.

Keeping that in mind … well worth a watch.