Someone once said to me this: “Do we need school in the future, when knowledge has become more accessible for everyone, and skills are better trained in the real life challenges?”
It was quite striking, to be honest. I’m an advocate of school. And probably, most of us are. Yet, I can’t deny that today, we need talents more than just graduates. We need people who can get things done, in whatever they choose or required to do.
Go to school is one proven way to become a talent in certain things. But, it’s not the only way.
Today, we have the internet that teach so many people to do things. We have many communities of practice where people with similar interest and talent come together to enhance their capabilities by practicing with each other. Internet and community of practice are two building blocks of today’s talent development.
The way I see it, internet is the new library and community of practice is the new school.
I learn about community of practice for the first time from Jean Singer, my professor when I was doing my postgraduate study. This concept is about building a community for learning that consist of practitioners from interdependent field of work and interest. It’s a blend of potential talents with internal motivation who comes to the community of their choosing, to practice and collaborate with seasoned practitioners from the field.
It’s emphasizing on collaborative learning based on explorative experience of a certain interest. It provides an opportunity to practice creatively what we have been cognitively aware of. Something that supposedly provided by school system.
Or, something that used to be provided by school, but seems to be lost in the middle of the growing distance between school’s pride and evolving society.
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