Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guy Kawasaki on School Innovation

In his keynote address at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Chicago, Guy Kawasaki offered one of his famous 10 Things lists. Explaining that schools should prepare young people for living, not just for entrance into college, below is what Kawasaki wishes schools would teach kids so that business people won't have to once these young people enter the world of work and the reality of life. This list might serve as a Reality Check for schools!

  1. Teach students how to figure out anything by themselves.
  2. How to explain anything in 30 seconds.
  3. How to do a one-page report.
  4. 10-20-30 rule of PowerPoint (see above).
  5. Optimal length of an e-mail is five sentences, without an attachment.
  6. How to survive a meeting (basically you get what you want out of the meeting and then you park your brain).
  7. How to run a meeting (start on time, end on time, involve as few people as possible).
  8. How to work as a group (the solo brilliant person doesn’t work in business).
  9. How to negotiate win-wins.
  10. Learning is a process not an event. It’s a lifelong process that is not limited to school.
What would be in the harm in preparing kids for their futures instead of perpetuating the traditional notion of school? Is it just our discomfort with changing, doing something different from what we have always done? Be honest!

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