The fact is, many will be forced to become entrepreneurial whether they like it or not

Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating the youth of the world. And he seeks answers to the question “why don’t we get the best out of people?”

Robinson believes it’s because schools are killing creativity. “Academic ability has come to dominate our view of intelligence”, says Robinson. Rather than focusing the talents and passions of our children, we mold them to fit specific career models and so called higher thinking. “The purpose of public education” Robinson satirically argues, “is to produce university professors.” In other words, he sees the world of education as forming students in their own image rather than helping them evolve into what is or may be truly needed in the future market place.

Robinson passionately argues that we need to adopt a new conception of human ecology, “Our education has mined our minds in the way that we’ve strip mined the earth for a particular commodity and for the future. It won’t service. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.”

He also argues that getting educated no longer equals a career. Due to the concept Robinson calls ‘academic inflation’, jobs that once required a BA, now requires an MA, and what once required an MA, now needs a PHd. Says Robinson, “These days, degrees aren’t worth anything.” And long-term positions are becoming increasingly rare while outsourcing seems to be the growth trend of the future. The fact is, many will be forced to become entrepreneurial whether they like it or not.

There’s a saying among entrepreneurs: If you do what you like, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Entrepreneurship is about following your passions and fulfilling your desires. Life should not be a square peg being jammed into a round hole. Therefore, by embracing entrepreneurship, we’ll not only overcome the innovation-blocks of academia, but also set ourselves up to succeed in a new age of career uncertainty.

So begins the era of mass entrepreneurialism.

Are you ready?

  • To check out the full, highly entertaining, speech from the TED 2006 Conference in Monterey California:
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