The Hierarchy of Education


It’s my belief we are conditioned as children—through the hierarchy of a centuries-old schooling system—to believe the oldest person in the room (the teacher) is the smartest. That works only for so long. We are further conditioned to believe that when we’re extremely smart we’ll be recognized by the highest authority—the school principal—through commendations and […]

Learning by Osmosis


I liken learning in an organization to osmosis. At least I think it should be like osmosis. The Oxford definition of osmosis can help us: Biology & Chemistry a process by which molecules of a solvent tends to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one. The process […]

Would You Send Your 6-Year Old to an MBA Program?


I’m not entirely certain what to make of this. I got wind of a news report from Channel NewsAsia entitled, “MBA for Children” where three to six-year olds are enrolling into a pseudo MBA program for toddlers. Over 100,000 children have graduated from this program in Shanghai alone at a cost of roughly $590 USD […]

Let’s N-Screen the Classroom


I used to be one of those educators. There was a time when I wanted singular focus — an unadulterated fixation on my scintillating sermon — from every set of eyeballs when I was on stage in the classroom. I was raised to believe the educator was the ‘sage on the stage’. Maybe you were […]