Opportunity to contribute

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I saw this by Scott Macleod the other day and the last line popped for me.

“It’s ironic that a shift away from a focus on preparation (take Algebra 1 because you need it for Algebra 2, which you might need to go to college which you might need to get a job) to a focus on difference making is the best possible form of preparation for the innovation economy. A portfolio of work that demonstrates expanding contribution to causes that matter — to a young person and their community — is far more valuable to most colleges and employers than a list of courses passed.

What if, instead of a list of required courses, high school was organized around the opportunity to contribute?”

Vander Ark & Liebtag, Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, 2021 (p. 80)

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.

If you apply the sentiment to workplace learning, the question has to be asked about your mandated learning. A list of required courses.

We expect people to be ‘difference making’  – that’s why we employ them – so why do we limit people’s opportunity to contribute?

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