MyNotes - How Did the Robot End Up With My Job?


This is a truly frightening column by Thomas Friedman, of which selected clips appear below. What is most frightening is that knowledge work has been swallowed up by creative work, and that creative work is in competition with a world of folks who may be able to create at a level greater than your's.

Recently, Tim Holt highlighted how critical it is that education gurus selling their insights into education change, challenging their business model. He writes the following:

I propose that all of the gurus, en masse, modify their current professional development business model which is essentially going-to-the-mountain and preaching.  The time has come for all of you to stop working as individuals. Come down from the mountain. The time has come for all of you to start working as a collective, collaborative, 21st century team. Stop telling. Start showing. Let the mountain come to you.

One of Dale Carnegie's reminder to speakers in the books he wrote include this piece of advice: Speak about what you've earned the right to speak about (paraphrased). This is advice that serves as an antidote to Tim's challenge. We often hear this in the words of presenters like Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, "You can't give away what you don't own."

Do we honestly believe that veteran speakers have NOT earned the right to speak about the topics they are encouraging? That they are writing about topics and ideas that has not been battle-tested in the no-man's land of public schools?

In considering Friedman's work, especially that we must learn to live in a hyperconnected world that has terminated our role at the top of the work pyramid, knocking us down to the bottom, resetting the odometer for all of us, making creativity the ultimate measuring stick, it is frightening for educators.
It is scary for educators because we are often caught in amber, in a system that continues to behave as if the ranks of the elite are still us. Am I frightened? Yes. Although human beings are creativity machines, to what degree are each of us ready to create on an hourly, daily, moment by moment basis?
The world has changed. I anticipate that we will have MORE gurus sharing their path to success. Perhaps, we need to remember old wisdom of what a teacher can do and pray that such a role is still valued today:

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind...For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
Source: Kahlil Gibran, On Teaching in The Prophet 



How Did the Robot End Up With My Job? -
  • How Did the Robot End Up With My Job? By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: October 1, 2011
  • the main reason for our 9.1 percent unemployment rate is the steep drop in aggregate demand in the Great Recession. But it is not the only reason. “The Great Recession” is also coinciding with — and driving — “The Great Inflection.”
  • The connected world was a challenge to blue-collar workers in the industrialized West. They had to compete with a bigger pool of cheap labor. The hyperconnected world is now a challenge to white-collar workers. They have to compete with a bigger pool of cheap geniuses — some of whom are people and some are now robots, microchips and software-guided machines.
  • this rising global army of freelancers the way he describes his own team: “They all have Ph.D.’s. They are poor, hungry and driven: P.H.D.”
  • In the hyperconnected world, there is only “good” “better” and “best,” and managers and entrepreneurs everywhere now have greater access than ever to the better and best people, robots and software everywhere. Obviously, this makes it more vital than ever that we have schools elevating and inspiring more of our young people into that better and best category, because even good might not cut it anymore and average is definitely over.

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