Higher Education: ... the missing link?
Two blog posts have given me thought for thoughts on what I believe to be an important issue.
The first is a post on David Allen's blog, published on 17 February 2006, Can we get to the kids?, in which, he quoted from a message received from Tim Noyce, a senior ING consultant in Amsterdam who commented on his experience of having given a couple of talks on Getting Things Done at a secondary school in the Netherlands.
The second is a more recent post by Jason Womack: Creative thinking...some assistance please. There the David Allen Company star blogger, who had been asked at a recent seminar to provide a short-list on productivity in the workplace, listed Tony Buzan, Edward de Bono, Roger Von Oech and Evelyn Wood.
I must say that the book, which has had the most influence on my personal productivity is indeed Tony Buzan’s The Mind Map book.
I, in fact, discovered it through a trial version of MindManager available through a computer magazine around December 1999 and was immediately conquered. I immediately purchased the book and my daughters very kindly soon offered me for my birthday a copy of MindManager 2002 (Educational Licence). As a result my productivity was considerably enhanced and I never looked back. I use mind mapping virtually everyday.
After nearly twenty years lecturing, I often reflect on how such vital skills as mind mapping and personal organisation have had so far so little impact in higher education and are nearly always completely absent from the curriculum .
Why aren’t such essential skills systematically taught to students?