It’s become difficult to find anyone who thinks “No Child Left Behind” turned out well. We expected our kids to become proficient.
The payoff to the school was so important that subjects not on the proficiency tests were dropped from the syllabus. In at least one local high school in Toledo the physics class deleted the chapter on simple machines like pulleys, cranes and wheels. I didn’t know you could learn physics without that!
But, alas, it’s not on the test. Art and music? Why waste time on something so tangential to real learning?
Mark Edmundsen’s piece in the New York Times The Pink Floyd Night School is a reminder that we need to do other things than simply increase our facts base.
Are you learning more and more tactics for your particular niche? Are facts and figures your stock in trade? Is the information you’re sharing with clients findable elsewhere online?
By themselves these tasks are fine. But how are you adding to the knowledge base? That requires original thought. The ability to synthesize unrelated parts of the world. A tremendous amount of looking at things other than your specialty.
Pass the proficiency test and you’ll find clients who need your services. Get a reputation for creative problem solving using your technical skills and clients will find you.