Should educators change students' classes to appeal more to right-brained people?
I think educators should keep in mind that there are different people in their classes, and they have to find a way to teach both right-brained and left-brained people.
I think they already have added classes to appeal to right-brained people. Classes like drawing, chior, and acting didn't use to be in schools, but now they are.
I think they should try to appeal to both sides of the brain equally
I think this approach would be unfair. If it appeals more towards right-brained people, then the left brainers would be left in the dust. If there could be a way to improve the right brain of left brained people, that could be a win-win. However I am unsure if there is a way to do that.
I agree with Victoria, Lindsey, and Olivia. I think that schools have tried to make sure that there are available courses for both brains. They have to be aware of the fact that there are both kinds of people out there, and as long as they have classes available, students are allowed to choose which ones they want depending on the appeal of the class or which one they feel they will learn best in.
Yes they should! So often kids like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein don't succeed in school but are some of the most brilliant minds in the world. They are the ones that can think out of the box beyond the simple answer to the multiple choice
Do you think it is important for educators to teach more towards right-brainers, or teach in a way meant for right brainers or right-brain growth? Do you think this class promotes L- or R- directed thinking? What about your other classes?
I would say that this class is very much based on Left brained directed thinking. It does not involve as much creative thinking and emotion based projects as much as staying inside the guideline projects using facts and knowledge from novels.
Our class promotes L-directed thinking; however, it's not that simple. There's a theory out there about the Multiple Intelligences. There are eight types of intelligences: logical, linguistic, spatial, natural, interpersonal, intrapersonal, kinaesthetic, and musical. This class, and most of our classes, are based on Logical and Linguistic intelligences, which doesn't leave much room for other, more right-brained types of thinking. Educators need to teach to both right and left brained people so that all people are equally educated.
Do you guys think that the jobs described as "left brain dominant" jobs will become obsolete in the future?
I don't think they'll go away. They'll still be there, but "right-brain jobs" will become more prominent than they are now.
I don't think they will become obsolete, I just think that they will become less of a necessity. People are not going to want to have a left-brained job because the salary will lessen.
I do not think that the "left brain dominant" jobs will become obsolete. We will always need someone to do those things.
I don't think that left brain dominant jobs will be obsolete. There will always be things that technology can't do. Computers don't have the empathy or all the problem solving techniques that humans do. There are jobs that will always be needed.
I don't think those jobs are going to just go away. The author talks about how right-brain jobs will be the dominant jobs in the future, but I don't think that is true. Left and Right brain jobs are both equally important in different ways
Not obsolete, but the more successful and wealthy will be those with R-directed thinking jobs (according to Pink).
I don't think that "left brain dominant" jobs will become totally obsolete. Up to this point right brained people were still out there, just not as dominant. I think that it is slowly flipping around to the point where the left brainers will become less dominant, but still needed.
we will always need computer programmers and other scientific or mathematical jobs. Those will never become obsolete
I don't think that all "left brain dominant" jobs will become completely out of date. These kinds of jobs will always be needed for society (because like Erica said, there are some things computers cannot do).
I think they will eventually but in the current, people are working on programming computer to do all their left brain thinking for them, which still requires left brain thinking. Eventually though, I think that few purely left brain jobs will still exist.
If schools are more geared towards L-directed thinking, how do we get more of a balance or get schools to accommodate R-directed thinking?
I do agree that schools are aimed more towards L-directing thinking but I do think there is a good balance between left and right directed thinking. In our L-directed classes, like math and history, we still have some projects that involve using R-directed thinking.
The quote in the beginning says that a great mind must be androgynous which means being both male and female...what do you think Coleridge (who said the quote) means when he says a great mind must be both male and female?
For a long time, males were regarded as the logical ones and females as the creative ones. Coelridge probably meant that our brains need to be both logical and creative.
I think Coleridge might be using androgynous for a different meaning. I think he uses the word to mean left-brained and right-brained. Basically, he's saying that a great mind is a balance of both sides of the brain.
I think Coleridge was saying that people can't be restricted by the thinking patterns of their gender. He's saying that people need to think outside the box.
I think that Coleridge means that when thinking about certain situations, people have to both think like a male and a female. What I mean by this is that men and women have stereotyped ways of thinking. So Coleridge was trying to say that we need to think of what both of these types of people would think, to get a better outcome.
I think that Coleridge means that people need to have the characteristics of both a male and a female brain. Male brains are seen as more logical, able to learn or contain more, smarter, and wiser. Women are better at guessing peoples emotions, empathetic,and know how to respond correctly or appropriately. If you have all of these characteristics mixed into one brain, you can have a great brain.
On page 13 the author tells what, until recently was thought of regarding each side of the brain. How do you think that relates to culture leading up to this point?
Culture has become more artsy, for lack of a better word, since that research of the brain described in the book.
I think it shows how culture is extremely unaware and how everyone just assumes that what they believe is right and they won't tolerate being proven wrong. It shows the reason why those who are left brain dominate have run the world for so long.
One thing I noticed is that this book is fairly old (Published in 2005/2006). What has changed since this book is published?
I don't think that "right brainers" have dominated (yet) as much as Pink says they would. This class is certainly geared toward right brainers, but what about our other classes? We're still learning math, science, etc, and it's still important in our lives and education. We are definitely still learning L-directed thinking and there are still L directed fields that anybody has the ability to be successful in.
Our society has become more art aware and accepting of the right-brained community.
Although this book was published eight or seven years ago, teachers and parents are still pushing the L-Directed education and parents still want their kids to get a job directed toward left-brained people. I think people kind of ignored what this book was saying because they don't think that our society will become a R-Directed society soon.
I think even more left brain jobs have shifted to other countries and the main difference it that the statistics are outdated. However, it seems that most, if not all of Pink's predictions are playing out to be very true in our world today.
How can we move to a right-brained society if people still discriminate against the right-brain?
In what ways would you say people discriminate against the right-brain?
I don't think people discriminate against right-brain people, but our education and job system is more orientated towards left-brain people.
@Erica: Pink said that people still think the left-brain is superior to the right-brain because it "makes us human", and forget all of the things that make the right brain a necessity to be human.
Turn away from solely testing kids on analysis, reading conmprehesion, etc that caters to highly unbalanced left brain thinkers.
@Capri, I think that teachers should consider right brained people because it is due to the schools that most people in this world are left brained. Due to the way that people are raised, the left-brainers strive. Do you think that is because of the school systems left brainers have become so common?
I'm not exactly sure that left-brainers are that common. Most of the kids in this class got right brain dominance on the quizzes that we took Friday. Why do you think left brainers are common?
I honestly don't believe that the left-brained society isn't the schools' fault. Rather schools are just preparing students for the world. Our society is based upon left-brained jobs. Engineers, video game designers, architects; there are so many jobs out there, the majority of jobs I would even venture to say, that require a high level of logical thinking. honestly, how many people realistically are professional artists or musicians? Right-brained people just aren't nearly the powerhouse of society yet, so schools must teach left-brained concepts.
We may have had more right brained dominance in the class, but most of us will go on to have a left brain job because, for the moment, that is the way to be successful. We all have a dream job that may be right brained but that doesn't mean we will head in that direction once we start our own life.
According to page 24, if we were taught differently, perhaps the brain would react differently. Why is this important?
I guess it is important to see what you are really capable of. You could live your whole life promoting left brain thinking, but you might be able to accomplish so much more if you promoted right brain thinking.
It is important that our brains could act differently if taught differently because it proves that we as people can change. Change in the way we think and work, and just change as a society in general. It also shows that left brainer's, if taught a different way could become left brainer's, and vis versa.
Our current education system is almost mass producing left brain thinkers. We need to switch our ways to right brained thinking. As we switch teaching and learning, our brain switches how it works. Therefore, it is important that our brains can react differently because this is how we change our thinking.
I think this class promotes right brain thinking more than any other class because we don't analyze the language in the books we read and videos we watch, but instead we analyze the meaning of that language, which is looking at the big meaning not the logical series of letters and words.
like in Lord of the Flies we didn't look at what the author said exactly, but more the symbolism behind what he said. What the author said and what the author was implying was more often then not ether different or at least had a deeper meaning.
Initially I thought that this class would require the left brain to do most of the work because it deals with language. Now that you pointed that out, I agree. This class does work the right brain just as much, if not more, than the left brain.
Do you think we should completely do away with standardized testing? Why?
YES. Standardized testing makes smart kids look stupid, which effectively keeps money away from schools. We're killing our own schools with standardized tests like CSAP.
Well, according to the book, many colleges are not requiring standardized testing or accepting it. Although less people are becoming left brained, removing tests might not be able to help the learner in future life. What troubles me, is this "Rainbow Project" going to test creative ability? Wouldn't that be a left brain way of going about creativity? Will all of the creativity become drained?
I think we should adapt standardized testing like Robert Sternburg, who created a test that evaluates different aspects of the brain
It compares students to each other in almost a bad way. A student might be terrible at taking tests and do a bad job but be really brilliant outside of the test or even the class room
I agree with Emily. The standardized test (CSAP) is making a standard of the kids in the United States, when really every student has different abilities and skills and sometimes perform badly on a test. Basically, standardized testing is unnecessary because every kid/person is different and you can't judge that based on a test.
I think that we should get rid of standardized testing in schools for multiple reasons. First most tests are wasting endless amounts of paper, which is slowly killing our planets (not meaning to sound like an earth-freak). Also I don't see what their purpose is. They show everyone how we are doing in school, but don't normal test's do that too? It is also a huge waste of money for schools.
I believe that we should get rid of the requirement of standardized testing because like Emily, standardized tests show just what the standard kid knows. What about the accelerated kid? What about the kid who is smart, but not good at tests? What about the kid who is a little behind but is still catching up? Standardized tests standardize everyone, putting us all on the same level. As an accelerated kid (and I think many people in our class can relate), CSAP/TCAP isn't good because I don't remember what I learned a year or two ago. Also, I don't show my best in tests so I struggle with these tests. I feel that each student should be able to show their knowledge in their own way. That is the great thing about open-ended projects. Students are free to show their knowledge in the way they know will best show their intelligence and/or knowledge.
We definitely should abandon standardized testing because it accomplishes nothing for the students who are burdened with this unproductivity. The only item accomplished is distinguishing who is left brained and who is right brained. In more or less words, we are rewarding the kids that will likely have no chance of a successful future. All the left brain jobs will be moved overseas by the time that these students are ready for the work force.
Well if you think about it, a brain is what's studying a brain so how can we rely on this information to be entirely accurate?
If you think about it that way, and as we've read so many books about the human flaws, then how can we rely on ANY information to be completely accurate? If we can't rely on any information to be accurate, then we wouldn't have any information. So what's the point, then, of going to school?
If each of the past few centuries have required a different set of thinking (18th century had farmers, 19th century had factory workers, 20th century had left brainer jobs, and now, the 21st century has right brainer jobs) Which type of skill set do you think will "rule" The next generation, when right brainer jobs are no longer necessary (As is happening now with left brainer jobs). Why do you think this way of thinking will rule the generation to come?
I think that right brained thinking will become the new left brained thinking. However, I also believe that right brained thinking is a lot harder to mass produce and automate, so I think this will keep the rising generation happy with successful jobs for a while. I think right brained thinking is the next big thing.
Do you think it will be necessary for left-brainers to adjust to the right brainers or can they still strive in a new society?
Depending on how left-brained they are they may have to learn how to exercise their right-brain direct thinking. For it is said that right-brained thinkers will be the ones to strive the strong left-brained thinkers should learn how to work outside of guidelines and use more creative thinking.
Well, its not necessarily turning left brainers into right brainers, what Pink is trying to do in this book is give people the tools necessary to use both sides of their brain well. Honestly, right brainers are useless without left brainers. The right brainers come up with the ideas, and the left brainers allow those great ideas to become a reality.
I think that the left-brainers will still have their same job and everything but have to think in a more right-brain way. If that makes sense.
I think that both right and left brained thinking is needed for many jobs. Therefore, we cannot abandon left brain thinking, but rather, we need to suppliment that with right brained thinking.
For people who have balanced brains (near 50% on both sides), do you think they will have a advantage over people who are mostly right-brained or left-brained?
I think so. Pink says that neither side of the brain is indispensable, you need both in order to function to the best of your ability. Balance is good in this case.
They will have an advantage because they can do the jobs that are becoming more necessary as the come up, but they can also do the jobs that have been so important in the past. They can choose whichever path they please and they can decide on what job needs their skills the most.
I think they a slight advantage. They have less of a weak area when it comes to processing and learning.
I think those who have near 50% on both sides do have an advantage. No matter which way the future goes, whether we turn into a more L-directed or R-directed society, those with 50% can succeed either way.
I do think that being balanced is advantageous to surviving in society because being a well-rounded person allows people to change to their circumstances, and survive any obstacles thrown in your way. If you are purely right-brained, what if you just don't have the resources or circumstances to pursue a right-brained career then you will be forced into a right-brained career.
I think people who are split brain people will have an advantage because they are evenly dispersed. No matter what society they will live in the split brain people will be able to succeed.
I think these people will have an advantage over those who are for the most part right or left brained because they have both abilities and can pull from either at any time. They can get into college with their left brain and thrive in the rising onslaught of jobs with their right brain
Can people adapt to become more right-brain and therefore be more successful in this new age?
Yeah, I think they can. There are exercises that promote the right side of the brain, so it might not be dominant but it can become stronger. I see it as exercising as any muscle in the body. If you're not very fit but want to be better at running, you train and work hard to become better at it.
Relating to Lauren's earlier post, if someone is taught a different way, their brain can become a different brain. So I think that if people were taught to be more right-brain, they could be.
So I was reading a Popular Science magazine a few months ago and I cam across something that's related to this. It's called Acquired Savant Syndrome. A Savant is a person who has a significant mental disorder like Autism and also happens to be a prodigy in areas like math, art, music, etc. An Acquired Savant is a normal person who suffers extreme head trauma and then develops savant-like abilities. Here's the link to the article- http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/when-brain-damage-unlocks-genius-within?single-page-view=true
Since right-brainers are going to rule the world, should our society overturn our education system to teach art and creativity over math and science?
I think that's extreme. Education has to adapt and recognize the importance of art etc. but not do away with everything else.
I don't think so at all because if we stopped teaching math or science our medical and scientific fields would just come to a stand still and there would be no more advancement in those feilds
No. We would then lose the balance that Pink says is needed. I think it is good to have a good overall knowledge of stuff. If everyone focused in on a subject, we would become even more of a cookie cutter society. I think this is all about balance.
No, math and science should still be taught. The left brain is used for language and logic and without those skills the right brain won't strive as it should. The left side of the brain is still an important step and part in all of society.
No, only because if we stop teaching those subjects there is always a possibility of society needing jobs that need those skills and without them, the possibility of problems rise.
Absolutely not. People who have an aptitude for science and math have a type of skill set that Right brainers are lacking. While Pink talks about how right-brainers will rule the world, I think that at the end of the day there will have to be balance. The sides of our brains work together, not as different hemispheres.
I think math and science are still important. I think that creativity is actually needed for those subjects as well. Creative people came up with the theories that we have today. Also, society still needs people to do the "left-brain" jobs.
Nope. Think about a world where there are no mathematical or scientific thinkers. Everyone would be spouting out a bunch of creative ideas that just sort of hang in the air, because left brainers are needed to turn those great ideas into a reality, as I told Lauren.
No, like Pink said, almost every task we do requires both sides of our brains. Getting rid of math and science would be near impossible to do in today's society. Also, we need to exercise both sides of our brains.
I don't think right brainers are going to rule the world. The left brainers are still important and you can't just get rid of them all together. They are still going to be important.
I think they can strive because there will still be jobs that require left brainers. People with right brains won't be able to do those jobs as effectively.
If left brainers created abundance, what will right brainers create? What is the consequences of depending on the right brainers?
Right brainers will create something rare and valuable that few can reproduce. This will have a high price. The consequence on depending on right brainers is that is can't be demanded or mass produced. It is something rare and special.
So... just to hear your opinions. Which one is better: right-brained or left-brained?
Neither. Although we are headed toward a right-brained society, the left-brains are still a necessity to humans.
They are both equally important. Without the use of the left brain thinking we are unable to use common knowledge, or use logic and language. On the other hand without the right brain thinking there is no emotion, no color, no music. It would be be a simple world. We need to use both side in order to strive.
Honestly I think left-brained. Logic and order are very important and without science and math we would just stall in fields like science and space discovery and mathematics
Personally I agree with Kasi and Capri. Both sides of the brain are super important to life. One person can't truly live without one side of their brain. No matter if a person is left-brained or right-brained a person still needs the other side to function as a normal human being.
If you can't really teach creativity, or the ability to have feelings, wouldn't that mean that Pink is using our left brain to teach us how to use our right brain?
Is he teaching us how to use our right brain, or is he teaching us how it works and how other people use it?
*showing how other people use itSorry!
Is there a possibility that you can reach a middle ground? If left brainers are becoming "extinct," will right brainers ever become extinct? Is this a never ending cycle?
I wouldn't say that left brainers are becoming "extinct". We still need people for left brain jobs.
I don't think it's possible for one way of thinking to really ever become extinct
Neither of them will go extinct. Both left and right brainers are important to one another and one of them can't just go away altogether.
I think people/students are currently being trained to be left-brainers to be "successful" in the world, so the left brainers will never fully disappear.
This is a never ending cycle. The way right brained people feel "oppressed" in the job market today, will happen to the left brained people. When jobs turn more geared into right brained then left brained people will start to feel "oppressed" in the job market. Then there will be a need for more left brained jobs. Its a constant cycle.
Is there a possibility that Pink might be incorrect in his prediction with a right-brained society?
There's always a possibility that he could be wrong. Left brained jobs are still needed in our society- lots of them, actually. 60% of our jobs right now are in math and science- left dominated fields.
I agree. Of course there is a possiblity. Is it because of all of his "left-brained" facts that all of us are believing him? Why are all of his readers so dependent on him? What do you think will happen in the future of society?
I think that in some ways Pink is hyping up the power of the right brain. I think that we will eventually reach a balance between right and left brains. I also think that Pink glosses over the fact that both hemispheres are needed to function and how they work simultaneously.
@Lauren: This war will continue. Right-brained or left-brained? Black or white? Poor or rich? We humans have the tendency to divide things into opposites that we somehow can't imagine mending. I think that this book really needs to be taken with a grain of salt. We need right and left brained people. Meld the brain together and this world will be a better place.
@Emily I agree. Perhaps that we do need to find a middle ground and, as in everyday activities be able to use both sides of the brain equally productivity. This doesn't necessarily mean we should forget the other essential part of the brain.
There's always a chance that this could happen. Yes he did a lot of research and spent a lot of time on this book. But he is basing his book only on his research, and his opinions. He also can't tell what is going to happen next in the world, no one can really.
When you get down to it, what would you say is the basic difference between the right and left brain?
What you said in the circle: Ideas vs. execution.
I think that it's whether or not you think of things as one big interconnected picture or many tiny pictures
In its simplest form, left brains use logical, linear, and sequential processing. The right brain uses simultaneous processing. The left brain is good for language, speaking, and writing. The right brain is good at emotional and subconscious cues like facial expressions.
The left brain deals with facts and information. The right brain takes all the little stuff and makes it into something big and beautiful. IT's the creative side. It doesn't ahve rules or organization like the left brain.
I've heard from many people that the STEM fields are going to provide the most important jobs in the future. Do you think this is correct? Or do you agree more with Pink?
I just think it is hard to be successful while having a right brained job. In today's society, left brain jobs are the dominant jobs and I'm not sure how it can change to right brain jobs when there are still so many things to discover.
I think we need to narrow this whole idea down to the United States itself. So, in the U.S., should we be promoting right brain and demoting left brain? Not in an extreme, but slowly shift the scales to right brain? It's not easy to say "right brain is better" or vice versa as a single idea, because it depends on the location. In America, right brain might be better but in India, they need left brainers. Where we are, should we help the left brainers become more right brained and the right brainers become stronger?
I think that we should try to help balance people out. If people are balanced between left and right, they can do even better in the future.
The purpose of this book is to teach people how to become right brained. The right brain, as you all know, are more empathetic and creative. Does anyone believe that this is unteachable?
I don't think it is something someone can teach to you; it's something we need to teach to ourselves.
Well I know that I sometimes feel like I was taught to be left brained so it might be possible to be taught to be right brained
I think it's teachable, it just has to start at an early age. In preschool and kindergarten and through parenting, you learn the basics of the basics with how to act in public, and when you're young, you look to other people to see how to behave in certain situations.
There are certain parts of the right brained that can be taught to be stronger. I don't believe that empathy can be taught.
"Teachable" might be a bad word choice. I think that you can exercise the right side of the brain. I think you can do this by doing simple stuff. You know, ask someone to just sit down and draw a picture of anything they want (creativity). Exercise emotions- show someone images of a sad or scary scene and just let them stare at it (empathy, sympathy). (I don't know if these are solid exercises that would work this is just kind of what I got out of this section of the book. If I'm way off feel free to tell me. But I think you get the point).
Some of it can be taught, most of it seems to come with who the person is, rather, its a natural gift. The irony seems to be that learning to be right brained works the left brain the most.
What is the difference between humans and highly-advanced machines/computers?
Give credit to Ethan Snow, please. The difference is our creativity- because we created highly advanced computers. Highly advanced computers can tell you how to complete a project, but they can't come up with the ideas. That's the difference.
humans have emotion and connect emotionally with others.
^^^ Ethan's Question.
Humans created those highly advanced machines. I feel like people forget that people were the ones to create those machines...they didn't just invent themselves.
Humans are creative and have emotion. We care about each other, we try to help those who can't always help themselves.
Do you guys think it's possible for left brainers to learn some right brain skills and improve upon the jobs that right brainers are doing?
I don't know if its possible to learn some right brain skills, but you can improve and work on the skills you already have. Practice makes perfect.
I feel like creativity and emotion should come from within. If one wishes to become into the art category, than it is up to the artist to follow their dreams. Even if someone was, lets say a math teacher for 30 years, than maybe after they retire they could become for artistic. Both sides of the brain could evolve. But I believe that emotion and creativity cannot be taught.
Do you think people should follow their dreams and pursue a lesser paying job, or go for a job that they hate, but will give them a lot of money?
Depends on who you talk to. I think that you should pursue something that makes you happy.
People should do what they enjoy doing. Unless you enjoy what you do, you are wasting your time.
I think you should do what you love and figure out how to make money while doing it.
If you are satisfied doing what you love and making a lower level standard of living, then do that. This is America. Do what you want.
I think everybody should have the opportunity to pursue the job of their dreams whether it be a higher paying left brain job or a lower paying right brain job... but people are saying that we should teach the left brainers to be like right brainers and while doing that, you are taking away their dream job. Not everyone is right brained and should be forced to be right brained.
It depends on what makes you happy. If money makes you happy, go for the high paying job. I know some people who would love the more money over the low paying job
I think that if you had to chose one over the other, you should do what you love, but also what you are good at. But if there was a way to make a lot of money at what you love then go for it.
Let's say, for example, that you really love acting and want to pursue an acting career. It's really hard to be good enough to act in a movie or a play. Or a writer - it's really hard to write a book that will be a national bestseller. So, what should those people do?
@Victoria- pursue your dream.
It's definitely better to persue a dream. Theres no price for happiness. Money isn't happiness. Enjoying what you do is happiness. That pays more in the long run.
We are pressured as it is to be knowledgeable. Do you think that in the future students will be pressured to be artistic as well? To have it all?
We're really pressured to have it all right now! You have to play an instrument, play a sport, have a 4.0 GPA, and everything else to even get into a college. I don't know how we can be any more pressured than we are now.
But do you think that more pressure will be placed on the artistic side of all of us?
Schools are already pressuring students to become artistic when the force students to take art and music classes. Schools are already forcing students to have it all.
There is a reason why we have two different types of people. Some people struggle in school, while others struggle artistically so no one should be pressured into being either one of them or both.
I don't know. If that is where the jobs are, then perhaps a drawing section will be on the CSAP.
I agree with Emily, I think that we will be pressured more in certain areas of our life, but not all together. We as student's are already so pressured, it would be so hard and almost unfair to ask for more of us who are really trying to succeed.
I think people will be graded and pressured to do art and be creative just like people have for the left brain for as long as we can remember. Unfortunately, the left brainers are going to be left out to dry because right brain thinking is lits harder to teach/learn.
Is Pink right? Will right brainers really rule the future? Will left brainers and left brained jobs become obsolete?
No, right brainers may become more dominant, but they will not rule the future. Also left brainers are still needed. They're jobs will not disappear.
I don't think right brainers will be able to rule the world. Left brainers have become so dominant in our society that its hard to go back and left brainers are the ones who made all of societies previous discoveries.
Do you think that society will ever fully turn into a right-brained society? Is it even possible?
No. A society needs a balance. There will always be that balance.
I don't think so because it would be close to impossible to completely silence one whole way of thinking
The United States might, but the world will likely always need left brained thinking. Both types of thinking are needed.
Okay- here's a question that ties into our final: Why does this matter?
I think Smith gave us this book to read to question our society and where we're headed. She wants us to be aware of changes, to speak up and to make a change if it is necessary.
At the end of the day, we have brains. If Pink is right about the future, then we need to understand the future. This book could be a road map for the next 30 years.
This book is basically like a long TED talk.
This matters because it is our future and we can start to change now to become successful in our future.
Why have we become so informational and less joyful? Why are we so pressured? What happened?
How have we become less joyful?
Society is what happened. Think about 1984 and how much it ties into our society. We're being pressured in one way and another- in fact, this book is pressuring us to be more right brained than left.
I think we've gotten super worried about doing well in the future, earning enough money to be able to have a comfortable life. We're pressured to get good grades, get into a great college, and get a high paying job. My math teacher said that one of her friends had chosen a job she hated, just because it was high-paying.
THE AMERICAN DREAM; People want to be happy and successful, and in order to reach that goal, we have to be…perfect, basically.
We are pressured because our elders want us to do well in life and succeed. Nobody wants to see us fail. But that doesn't mean we have become less joyful.
social norms force us to be the best no matter what it takes. So if that means pressure and terrible, that's what we are going to do
Life has become so hectic that society doesn't have time to care. we are so rushed to get everything done that we believe we have time to be happy or formal.
Well this might sound really weird but when I'm pressured I do better, and doing better makes me happier. Especially in swimming, without pressure there is nothing to shoot for. So even though we as a society are less joyful and more informational, some of us do better with more information and pressure.
Thanks for your input, guys! I agree. I think we all wonder what life would be like without all this pressure.
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