A NASA backed study of 1,600 school children conducted by Dr. George Land showed 5-year-olds had a 98% aptitude for creative genius, which fell to 12% by the time they were 15.
The highly specialized test was designed to effectively measure the creative potential of NASA’s rocket scientists and engineers. What about adults after years of schooling? Tragically only 2%.
“Imagination is better than knowledge” Albert Einstein
Divergent thinking is like an accelerator it uses the imagination for creating choices and generating new ideas, while convergent thinking is like putting the brakes on and is for evaluating and criticizing, making judgments and decisions.
“We found that what happens to these children, as we educate them, we teach them to do both kinds of thinking at the same time.
When we actually looked inside the brain we found that neurons were fighting each other and actually diminishing the power of the brain because we’re constantly judging, criticizing and censoring,” says Land.
School systems were designed to instill conformity and prepare youth for the types of jobs that are now rapidly disappearing. Children starting school today will have to make a living and a life in a world radically different from this one when they graduate in 2030.
The Tootyr Solution
Tootyr founded by Fellowship of Man Award recipient David Blackmore already has an established site for on-demand tutors with over 1,000 users. The core foundation of Tootyr is based on the principals of divergent and convergent concepts that will permeate throughout all of its learning programs.
An ICO for the TootyrToken was launched on Canada Day, July 1st and end August 31st, 2018. Funds raised will enable Tootyr to create new features that allow students to develop their creative genius by providing content that encourages the use of the imagination to solve problems and make learning fun. Tootyr is expanding course content and delivery methods that will include pop up schools flipped learning models, human-centered design concepts and then scale worldwide in multiple languages. Check out the whitepaper here.
In preparing students for the future, we should think less about AI and more about IA, or intelligence amplification: The idea that AI can enable our human abilities beyond what either machines or people can do alone.
Students need to understand at the very least some of the basic concepts of AI but just importantly how the human body and mind works, the value of nutrition and exercise, how to develop healthy relationships, to understand and take care of their own emotions and mental health, how to earn a living, and make good life.
This is the idea behind Tootyr, a platform with an already established site that will create new features to be built on the EthereumBlockchain to provide students with multiple ways to learn.
Teachers are rated and provided incentives for creating courses, they interact with students in a variety of ways, even providing one-to-one in-person lessons, and pop up schools in communities. Programs based on human-centered and gaming concepts keep students engaged and having fun in healthy competition utilizing leaderboards and earning tokens while learning.
Profits are reinvested into original new programming to keep Tootyr at the forefront of education and to provide subsidies for needy students.
“Life has no meaning, each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question “What is the meaning of life”, when you are the answer.” Joseph Campbell
Given the choice of deciding where to go in life or what I would actually spend my life doing, I would choose to spend my time deciding what I’m going to end up doing. Because ultimately no matter where you end up, you are going to be doing that activity.
If you enjoy what you are doing, you will enjoy doing it anywhere at anytime. Likewise if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you are not going to enjoy doing it, no matter how seemingly successful you may appear.
So seek to find meaning and purpose in the things that you enjoy doing and bring you satisfaction. By all means you have to determine what that satisfaction is whether it’s reaching out to other people, practicing certain skills, whatever it is that’s up to you to determine.
By determining your goals in this way you are able to focus, on what are truly your goals and not someone else’s.
“Individuals will have more freedom to shape work to fit the way they want to live instead of fitting life into a work schedule.” Charles Handy, author the Age of Unreason.
The new world of work has arrived, just look around its happening in every sector. Fortunately for teachers and tutors of all types this new world of work is of tremendous benefit for our lifestyles and incomes.
It allows us to pursue rewarding and meaningful work within our communities and in our larger society, in ways we could not have imagined previously.
Tootyr lets teachers set their own rates, automate their schedules, and manage their entire business, while having students delivered to them. The continuous education, meet-up events, and sharing of best practices allows tutors to be the best in their chosen field and be part of a community of educators.
It only makes sense to start building your lesson business now, whether for one-to-one students, or entire courses for large groups throughout the year.
Why not start preparing now for the working world of tomorrow.