JKLTip Take inventory of the work you do, the work you give others and make sure that as much as possible has no right answer
Make sure most of what we ask employees, children, and students does not have a right answer. We can’t change everything at once. Healthy change stems from bite sized adaptations, added up over time, but the need to change how we learn and teach needs a more rapid approach. Arguably the three most important things to learn are bravery, passion and creativity. In order to make these our focus, then we must dedicate at least 51% of our time, energy and resources geared toward learning in them.In schools we often hear a funny rebuttal, we are preparing them for the real world. I’m not sure what real world these educators live in, but in my real world, pretty darn close to 95% of what, what we do, there is no right answer. There is simply learning, trying, adjusting and trying again
Therefore, more than half of what we ask should not have a right answer. Think about our classrooms, our workplaces, when we do work that won’t be passed on to a robot someday, it fills one of those very human traits. If we are unclear of the reality of robots taking over real world tasks, then we are naive and we should do a quick google : “robot restaurants”. Things have been talked about for twenty years, many mainstream movies sensationalized the idea of a futuristic society, but it’s here now, and will move fast on everything that does not have a distinct human element.
If there are any “right answers” we require in life, we can easily and quickly look them up. Remembering information that’s just as easy to look up is a waste of energy and memory. I work in arguably the best school system, set up to provide such creative, individualized opportunities. In terms of flexibility we have the support and opportunity to create the best schools ever within public education, yet we still have way too many questions that do have a right answer. So we need to ask ourselves, what percentage of curriculum, what percentage of tasks in the workplace do we ensure have “no right answer”?