Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

One of my coworkers recently shared this video, so I thought it worth a watch. I’m glad I did watch it. 😀

A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule.

A wise person knows when and how to improvise.

Rules and procedures may be dumb, but they spare you from thinking.

– Scott Simon

We know why these scripts are there. We don’t trust the judgement of teachers enough to let them loose on their own. Scripts like these are insurance policies against disaster. And they prevent disaster. But what they ensure in its place is mediocracy.

We must ask, not just is it profitable, but is it right.

– Barack Obama

The single most important thing kids need to learn is character. They need to learn to respect themselves. They need to learn to respect their schoolmates. They need to learn to respect their teachers. They need to learn to respect learning. That’s the principle objective. If you do that, the rest is pretty much down hill.

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