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Nations have and always will be in competition. In the past, that competition centred on the ability to build and sustain a dominant military capability, but as we’ve seen in the last few years in Iraq and Afghanistan, that only gets you so far in the modern world. Increasingly, competition between nations is characterised by economic performance and the educational prowess of the population; factors that are of course intricately linked.

Fine tuning economic performance is the subject of endless open debate and ideas, but it always seems to me that education is very much the poor cousin, with the same old tired ideas doing the rounds. If we are going to competitive as a country, we need to find a way to let new ideas see the light of day in our education system. Vinod Khosla, the legendary venture capitalist and backer of many new ideas, put it pretty well in a recent article, “we have also had too much punditry from experts in education instead of just trying hundreds of new ways of doing things”.

If we are going to give our children the chance to succeed in the modern world, we shouldn’t be prissy about where good ideas come from. It’s too important an issue for vested interests to hold sway. The world’s major corporations realised some time back that you can’t maintain competitiveness by doing the same things in the same way, only a little bit better, you have to constantly rethink what you are doing, why you are doing it and how you are doing it. It’s time for us to embrace this spirit in education and find a hundred or even a thousand new ways of doing things.

 

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