Education ∪ Math ∪ Technology

Seth Godin asks What’s high school for?

Seth Godin says:

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

  • How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved.
  • The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
  • How to read critically.
  • The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
  • An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
  • How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
  • Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
  • Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
  • An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
  • Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.

Personally, I think Seth Godin is right on the money with this post. Note that really none of these can be very easily assessed using a standardized exam, except possibly the understanding of finance, and that might be better demonstrated by running a business.

I’m going to add a couple of my own ideas to his list.

  • Develop an appreciation for nature.
  • Learn what a healthy and balanced life style looks like.
  • Learn about different perspectives, points of view, and the power of words to convey meaning of those perspectives.