Are we preparing our kids?

Have you seen this video? It’s about five minutes long, but worth it.

I watched it earlier today, and the thought that kept going through my head was, “are we really preparing our kids for the future they’re going to have? Or are we preparing them for the future that we have now?”

Think back. What was the world like when you were eight? When I was eight, there was no internet, no cell phones, no social media. I had a seven digit phone number. On a single phone, in the kitchen, that had a cord. I couldn’t tweet, update status, or text. No iPod. Hell, no CDs. You wanted a recording? You sat with a tape deck up against the radio hoping for your favorite song, or you saved up your milk money to go buy the tape. (God, I’m feeling old here)

I look back to the changes in the last 25 or so years…and I’m stunned. Then I think ahead to what the next 25 years could bring…and I’m worried. I see what A is learning in school, and while his school is fantastic with technology…they’re not really teaching new ways of thinking. They’re not really tapping into the ways alternate thinkers come up with different answers. Those are the kids who will be leading the charge into the next 25 years. Alternate thinkers brought us the web, the iPhone, the Segway, and every cool and new invention of the last 25 years. Think ahead 25 years and ask yourself…

What kind of thinker and leader do you want? What kind of future do you want? What kind of educational system will get us there? Do we have it now?

Think outside the box. It’s where the future is.