The world is changing fast and to keep up you need local knowledge with global context.
By Alec Hogg
An incredible thing happened as we closed our 5th birthday celebration webinar on Friday. The man Jeanette and I knew as Mr Koch, our matric maths teacher, dropped a message right at the end, adding his congratulations. He transformed an interesting event into a memorable one. School teachers have a similar impact as bosses in the workplace. Either swiftly discarded as we move on, or remembered for a lifetime, lessons imprinted forever.
You have to wonder how today’s Mr Koch’s successors are tackling the information age. Back when I wore that khaki safari suit with badge on pocket, things were simpler. Teachers were our font of knowledge, occasionally supplemented by textbooks or a spell in the library. Today, those charged with educating the youth require different skills. Auntie Google knows all. And she’s just a click away.
But what a wonderful age for them and those in their care. Ancient Greek polymath Pythagoras taught us there are three types of people – those who pursue money; glory; or wisdom. School teachers, obviously, fall into in the third camp. Ironically, in a world where knowledge has never been more abundant, the ability to interpret it – wisdom – has never been so scarce.
Knowledge is power. But wisdom is strength. Not so, Mr Koch?