In school we are taught that the fundamental things we need to learn to be successful in our society are reading, writing, and arithmetic. The first several years of public education focus primarily on these fundamentals. In an industrial world, where every worker functioned as a standardized cog in a corporate machine, this may have made sense.
But today's challenges aren't standard. As we have discussed, work today often must address unknowns, uncertainty, and ambiguous challenge spaces where solutions are not clear or standard, and where the ability to create and discover is more important than fitting a standard mold.
Our world has a rich history of creation and discovery. We have discovered the shape of the world, the elements of matter, and the laws that govern the movements of the stars. We have created technologies that can make us fly, allow us to talk to each other and see each other from anywhere in the world, and can move information at the speed of light. So, it's not hard for us to look at the people who have discovered and created these miracles and ask, "What methods did they use?"
Yes, reading, writing, and arithmetic were instrumental in many of these monumental achievements. The written word and mathematics are both powerful tools. They are languages that we can use to make conceptual models, think about the world, and convey complex ideas to each other. But there is another language that's equally powerful, and we don't teach it in schools—at ...