[This article and video by Jesse Schell are posted specifically at this juncture as a transition between the concept of setting standards for global education as discussed in the immediately preceding article and a few articles that will be posted here subsequently which are decidedly averse to "standards". -- Joe Padre]
21st-century education must be ‘beautiful’ and have the qualities associated with successful modern products, argues American technologist and games designer Jesse Schell
At the start of the 21st century there was a lot of doom and gloom – all the fussing about the millennium bug and people worrying that things would get worse and worse. Yet now we are 12 years in, one of the things I cannot help but notice is how beautiful everything is becoming; even something as simple as a toothbrush.
In the 1970s, if you wanted to buy a toothbrush you had the choice of one shape and three colours. Now you go to buy a toothbrush and it is like a tropical fish aquarium.