One of the most frequent claims I have heard from people trying to explain poor learning outcomes in their country is that their teachers come from the bottom third of their college graduates, while high-performing countries recruit their teachers from the top third.
Two weeks into the government shutdown "showdown" in Washington and something is undeniably missing. In fact, if m we common citizens could snatch the mental lexicon of our legislators we would inject a word desperately vacant in the beltway vocabulary. And that word? Collaboration.
For individuals looking to succeed in the current digital climate, the lesson is clear: get an education. But an education doesn't stop with a college degree. For the US to remain competitive, it will have to develop policies that support adult education as well.
You're drawn to what you're drawn to for a reason... don't over-think it! Do what you love. Do what you deeply desire to do. The things that light you up, fascinate you and feels right. Feelings should always win out over thoughts.
The toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers tell us that they cannot find the people with the skills they need, shows that education doesn't automatically translate into better skills, better jobs and better lives.
When I interview someone, I tell them I don't care about their résumé. I only care about two things. I don't want to know anything else, because everything else is puffery, status signaling, or bullshit.
The rule has recently become conventional wisdom spread by speakers of TEDTalks, public intellectuals, and even hip hop artist Macklemore. But if you're a busy professional, how in the world do you find time to spend 10,000 hours learning something?
A diploma comes wrapped in a jumble of expectations and pressures. There's a feeling that you -- an early 20-something whose most "adult" possessions include a George Foreman Grill and a button-down shirt you've had since high school -- should have it all mapped out. But no need to panic.
We forget that sometimes, whether it is kicking a ball in soccer, making music with a violin or expressing oneself through drawing, joy can be found in the act of doing those things, and not the trophy, the applause or the recognition.
Time is a finite resource, making it very valuable. You cannot repurchase or reproduce time once it has been used. You must understand and be ready for the actual volume of decisions you will be making as an entrepreneur.
Is this just rationalization for not advancing people (or shipping jobs overseas), a justification to avoid feeling guilty about not passing the reigns to a generation champing at the bit for their turn to be in charge, or something more?
As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.
There is no question that in order to become skillful at any sport or fitness activity, you need to participate in and practice the activity. But if that is all that is required -- practice, practice, practice -- how come not everyone that practices a lot excels at what they do?
Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.