Barry Schwartz: The real crisis? We stopped being wise

Brilliant TED talk from Barry Schwartz. It’s only 20 minutes and so worth watching. Great implications for education. What stood out for me?

  • A wise person knows when to make an exception to every rule
  • A wise person knows when to improvise
  • You don’t need to be brilliant to be wise. Without wisdom, brilliance isn’t enough.
  • Rules and procedures may be dumb … but they spare you from thinking
  • As we turn increasingly to rules and incentives, moral skill and will is chipped away and deprives us the opportunity to improvise and be creative
  • Lockstep curricula is an example of the overabundance of rules
  • Excessive reliance on incentives demoralizes professional activity
  • We must celebrate moral exemplars
  • “As teachers we should strive to be the ordinary heroes, the moral exemplars, to the people we mentor”

Recent Links 02/19/2009

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  • This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here and featured on public radio in the United States, as well as in regular broadcasts on NPR. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

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