Is an Australian classroom the best place to learn French? No, a bustling café on the banks of the Seine in Paris is. What about a young graduate describing the ravages of war? Would this not be more effective in the words of an emotional veteran? Can the immense beauty of the Himalayas or Great Barrier Reef be adequately conveyed on the pages of a textbook or laptop or projector screen? Of course not.
Our present day schools have barely evolved over two centuries from industrial age clerical training institutions designed to produce ‘excellent sheep’ (Zhao, 2012, Deresiewicz, 2015). Yet the working world for which schools are intended to prepare their charges has shifted dramatically. The career ladder of past professions has become a matrix of multidirectional possibility, where offshoring and peer to peer networks such as Freelancer, EBay and Uber have facilitated a shift from job seeker to international entrepreneur across diverse industries.