Shimon Peres: Imagine the future
The world is not in as much a mess as we think. It is just pregnant, on the verge of giving birth to a new age. But as we look into this new age it is vital that we don't dwell on the past, says Shimon (he said we could call him that; 'it's my name after all). He believes that the past is just 'not so great' and that worrying about remembering the past is pointless when the internet can remember for us. The ex-Israeli PM, regardless of your views on his politics, is actually on many educator 2.0s' wavelength.
Rather than spend time trying to remember and build on a shaky past we should seek out new things to discover and try to build better futures. For me this chimes with my own thoughts when teachers react strongly to new technologies and the completely different ways they will have to work to maintain the motivation of their kids. Their reactions reinforce the idea that was has gone before in the past is inherently good.
Shimon also alluded to schools specifically, seeing the role of schools to publish their work and share GLOBALLY. When so many countries struggle to provide adequate educationfor their children how can countries like Scotland, with an education system it is loudly proud of, keep its teaching and learning behind closed doors. In the age of the Internet it doesn't have to be this way.
In terms of growth opportunities countries such as Israel and Scotland clearly have to start realising the potential of the unknown futures ahead. Few companies nowadays, after all, are bought for all the potential they have already realised - it's what they can be nurtured to realise which has worth.
Finally, it's unreasonable and impossible today to expect people to do the same things in the same way. Governments and 'central' organisations have been doing this however, but this, says Shimon, is from the past, a past we may, I believe, have to shake.
In a true democracy it's not just about people having the right to be treated on an equal basis. It's also about about people being allowed (and supported) to be different. People must be able to go their own way, finding the future they want to discover, making the mistakes they will make and having the responsibility to correct them.
I'll let my Scottish readers fill in some gaps in the comments here. Shimon Peres' words have changed and strengthened my own beliefs that our democratic way of learning is not just a good one, but one with many futures since there are NO borders and only opportunities ahead.