The title of this blog post comes from the most memorable line in a talk I came across last week from the Stanford Design School. It takes the view that we are forcing aspiring college students into a narrow definition of success and demanding that they undergo an increasingly more structured set of activities to experience college. Yet, our graduates will enter an increasingly ambiguous world that demands questioning of authority and convention in order to creatively solve modern-day challenges. In short, the fear is that we are training really excellent sheep.
The talk also touches on issues of physical setting and career planning and in many ways provides another way of looking at what we are trying to do in the college to create a culture of engagement, encourage risk-taking, and emphasize professional development and early career choice. It also provides support for our remodel of BA-1 so that our common spaces promote engagement and learning rather than hamper it.
There is a lot to chew on in the video. When you get twenty minutes, click here.
I would be interested to know what my readers (students, faculty, staff and alumni) think about it. As always, I welcome comments below….