An intriguing video…not about medicine…not about sim…but just about life

I came across this video via a feed on Facebook. It’s got nothing to do with sim, with helicopters, medicine or even education (well except maybe it contributes to general education of life).

I thought it deserved to be shared. It struck a chord because I’ve been that guy stuck in line at the grocery store and just about ready to lose it…then having to get back in my car and drive home in Toronto’s ridiculous traffic. This video reminds us about others, that the people around us may not be in nearly the fortunate situations that we’re in or maybe they’ve just had an even worse day at work than me. Regardless, I hope I can remember this video next time I’m pissed off at how long the line in the grocery store is or when I’m stuck 3 hours of traffic, just trying to get home.

For those interested, the speech is an excerpt from a commencement speech delivered by David Foster Wallace in 2005 before his death in 2008.



Changing Educational Paradigms (can this be applied to medicine?)

I actually saw this video a little while ago, then came across it just this week on a great new EM education blog iTeachEM and I felt it warranted a post.

It’s a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson who is an educator and who provides big picture ideas on the future of education. It definitely deserves to be watched by anyone interested in education. Ideas like these are important to consider as without them change for the purpose of improvement will be impossible. It’s amazing to think that our current method of education (our whole educational system) is not much different than it was 100 or 200 years ago. Despite our access to technology and information we continue to teach and educate in the same way. It might be time for an educational revolution to follow the technological revolution.

One of my favorite ideas (paraphrased quote) from the video

working together in schools is cheating, while in the workplace its called collaboration

It really is an interesting concept…do we teach enough of collaboration now? I think we still really quite isolate students to answer questions on their own. Yet now we live in a world where with a single keystroke we can connect to anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world.

Our current approach to education highlights individualism in problem solving and perhaps this can be counterproductive especially as we’re faced with increasingly complex problems. The concept of Wicked problems is quite interesting…and yet I can’t imagine that the solution will be solved by an individual. Check out the video below.