Nathaniel Whittemore recently wrote about What Jay Z Can Teach Us about the Future of Education for Fast Company and suggested that we need to bring aspiration back to education. He asked, “
How much is it the job of education to provide not only the skills for but a belief in the possibility of the future?”
Meanwhile, Seth Godin recently produced his on-line manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams. In it, he suggests that the present system of education was not developed to motivate kids or created scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system. In the post-industrial age, that is not the sort of worker needed anymore.
Godin insists that we can teach people to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, to plan a course. We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate. And, just as important, that it is vital to acknowledge that we can unteach bravery and creativity and initiative. And that we have been doing just that.
We all have to take a look at our areas of concern i youth ministry, for instance, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and wonder if we offer the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to those who conform to our regulations or do we confirm wild-haired young disciples equipped to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, to plan a course?