Big Blue Sky: The future of education is teaching kids ‘how’ to think

One of the UK’s educational thought leaders says the future of education is teaching our children how – not what – to think.

Matt Desmier is the founder of Silicon Beach UK, and one of the speakers at this weekend’s Big Blue Sky event to be held at Sofitel Broadbeach.

We still teach in a way that’s 200 years old, it’s based on Victorian methods, it’s a very linear process and the way in which our companies grow is an exponential process,” he says.


“We need to focus more on … creative thought process.

“Technology is automating an awful lot of things and what were once complicated processes are now very simple processes and we need more creative ways of working and yet we don’t teach those skills.” he said.

Mr Desmier says he’s not advocating to move away from teaching the standard skills such as mathematics and spelling but “we don’t have to concentrate quite so much on that,” he says.

“More and more the jobs we’re going into, those things are done by other things – artificial intelligence and automation.

“What we require from a workforce is a different way of thinking, a different approach to problem solving, a different approach to collaborative working, a different approach to embedding creativity into everything that we do.”

He says he believes the classroom of the future should be small groups of students working together and understanding how to solve problems themselves.

“Being guided and mentored through rather than being taught step by step ‘this is how to do it’.

“If we focus so much attention on passing exams that were set  by middle aged white guys in dodgy suits, based on our expectations of the world that ‘we’ grew up in then we’re teaching them skills which are useful to us not useful to them.”

Mr Desmier even believes that students need to analyse the questions that teachers give them.

“Because then they’ll develop different problem solving mechanisms, their brains will evolve in different ways and they’ll approach problems in different ways. That will make them far, far more useful to the workforce of the future,” he said.