"Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" – Design

Over the past week I have turned my attention to Daniel Pink‘s “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World.” A more quickly paced read than “The World is Flat 3.0,” the second chapter titled, “Abundance, Asia, and Automation” shares many revelations of the world’s rapidly changing economy and how many of the jobs and skills Americans have grown up to value and refine are no longer ‘enough.’ Pink suggests instead that Americans must start to develop their ability to develop six senses that psychologist’s have recognized are controlled primarily by the right side of the brain’s temporal lobes. The six “Right-Directed” senses that must be developed beyond the listed “Left-Directed reasoning” are:

  • Not just function, but DESIGN
  • Not just argument but also STORY
  • Not just focus but also SYMPHONY
  • Not just logic but also EMPATHY
  • Not just seriousness but also PLAY
  • Not just accumulating but also MEANING

While reading the chapter regarding design, I was compelled to write in my margins the following statement: “Design must be a part of project planning. Examining well designed projects should be done by peers and there should be allotted time to adjust projects for both their utility and significance.

We should give our students opportunities to examine exemplars but must encourage them to find their own look and feel that not only conveys understanding but gives their work an individual spirit. Without hard-wiring students to do just that, we will leave them ill-prepared for a world where work and skills without style are in great abundance and easy to replace.

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About MrMusselman

K-5 Science Specialist for the Burlington Public Schools of Burlington, MA.
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