WHAT IS SCHOOL FOR? – Interesting Perspectives.

  • Our children’s education is important to their future success.

  • Here are the perspectives of two very different individuals, a leading international entrepreneur and a hip hop artist.

  • What skills do our children need to be successful in the future?


This post is about what our youth need to learn as they face this rapidly changing world.



Jack Ma is the Leader Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, a large e-commerce company.

Jack states that the next 30 years are important as we encounter many changes.

Here is what Jack recently said about education.

If we do not change the way we teach, 30 years from now we will be in trouble.

  • Robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030.

  • Only by changing education can our children compete with machines.

  • Currently, the way we teach and what we teach are from the past 200 years.

  • We are teaching a knowledge based curriculum in which we cannot compete with machines (computers).

  • Teachers must stop teaching knowledge.

  • We need to teach our children soft skills, such as values, independent thinking, teamwork, and care for others.

  • We have to teach something unique, so that a machine can never catch up to us.

  • Teach them to be more innovative, creative, and constructive.

  • We should teach them sports, music, painting, and art to make sure humans are different.

  • The human side is more important than knowledge.

  • Everything we teach should be different from what machines can do better.

  • We need to focus more on wisdom based education.

  • The younger generation will change the world.

On 10 September 2018, Jack announced that he will retire from Alibaba and pursue educational charity work.

You can hear what Jack Ma recently had to say about education in the short (1min 59 sec) video below.


Prince Ea is the stage name of Richard Williams from St. Louis, Missouri.

He is a spoken word artist, poet, and filmmaker.

He became successful as a hip hop artist.

In 2009 he formed the “Make S.M.A.R.T Cool” movement.

He promotes values like intelligence, free thought, unity, and creativity in hip hop music and culture.

A recent video by Prince Ea titled “What is School For?” covers many subjects about education.

He mentions factors such as:

  • School is a game you play for how many A’s you can collect.

  • Your future is something that no test will ever measure.

His video (8min 13 sec) is tough to explain, but in the past few weeks it has garnered millions of views.

You can view  the video below.

Jack Ma and Prince Ea have thought provoking comments about our youth’s education and future.


Youth group sessions have clearly demonstrated that our youth learn the desired soft skills.

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Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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One Comment

  1. Fred,

    This is so true. Before Jack Ma was in the digital world making big money he was a TEACHER. Yes, a teacher, in schools. He is so right. We are silly to spend our time teaching anything that can be found on the computer. We do need to teach reading, writing, keyboarding skills, and math. Having some basics in Science, History, etc., is also good but the memorization of anything other than your passwords is silly. Learning how to research, learning how to tell facts from opinions, learning how to create new ideas, how to communicate, and as Ma says doing art, singing, playing music, sports, keeping fit, knowing your values, and how to care for others is more important than what year a war happened. We will still need doctors, nurses, and some teachers and perhaps lawyers. Schools will still be necessary for some skills. We will still need people who can do higher level math.

    I was involved in a program that taught Creative Thinking and we went to competitions using the ideas the students had generated and used. It was the most exciting part of my twenty years of teaching.


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