"Many MOOC’s are based on an educational model that has a curriculum from a body of knowledge that, so the logic goes, when mastered will prepare someone for meaningful work. Improving one’s education to get a job is often a primary motivator for participation. It’s the way the system has worked for decades. The “job” was the way we redistributed wealth, making capitalists pay for the means of production and in return creating a middle class that could pay for mass produced goods. That period is almost over. America has hit peak jobs TechCrunch informs us. The New York Times calls it the rise of the permanent temp economy. The recession, combined with technology, is killing middle class jobs, reports the Associated Press.
"We will not find a rebalance between jobs and people having them."
"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own--rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.
Critical thinking doesn't end. The more knowledge you cultivate, the better you'll become at thinking about it. It's navel gazing in that you're constantly thinking about thinking, but the end result is a brain that automatically forms better arguments, focused ideas, and creative solutions to problems.
"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life. Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.
How to instantly identify toxic narratives. Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."
Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:
Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attainGet objective about your terrible storyPick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Brent MacKinnon's insight:
I like the introduction to this post. It speaks to the deep sense making about your own life and the broad themes that make up who and what you are.