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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Problem With Sameness

Should you use the same hiring protocols to find your next programmer AND your next plumber? Seth Godin doesn't think so. And yet, how many companies have a multifaceted approach to hiring employees with vastly different functions?

Does your child have ADD or another learning "disability"? Whitney Hoffman outlines the trials involved with expecting her non-standard learner to conform to a standard learning environment.

I don't think it's a coincidence that social media has such a hard time catching on with the mainstream. After all -- where else in modern society are we taught that our individuality is a blessing, not a curse?

Now, the million-dollar question: If society has long been entrenched to encourage sameness (for ease of governing, business, medicine, production, etc.), how do we disrupt that lengthy tradition without becoming the generation that tore down the curtain but had no answers?

How do you teach the world to think individualistically?

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  • We have a society that is often geared towards producing and coveting "normal" yet we only pay attention to the remarkable and exceptional.

    We all want to fit in, yet don;t many of us also want to stand out from the crowd and get noticed?

    The joy of new media is the ability to make it "fit" and customize it to you.

    I hope we'll be able to do the same thing with education for children in the near future. Attempts at "individualized education plans" actually end up being "smaller group education" and more one size fits all than custom to an individual's need. Until the "system" can flex, parents will need to flex and provide this on the side, and not expect a "system" to do it for them.

    Thanks for the comments and thoughts, Justin. You always add something great into the mix.

    By Blogger wsh1266, at 8:47 PM  

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