Did you know that the founder of one of the biggest internet companies on the planet used to be a teacher?
His name is Jack Ma, and he’s the founder of Alibaba. In the fall of 2018 Ma decided to return to his ‘old’ profession and go back into education.
Now, the interesting thing is what he thinks that schools should be teaching. To go short: do not teach them ‘knowledge’ – because within two decades computers will take over anything that is knowledge-based.
According to Ma, kids should be taught everything that a computer cannot do: create music, do art, work together in teams, have empathy.
In the first movie, you will see his speech for the World Bank in which he shares his ideas.
The second is a combination of Ma’s teachings on business taken from tv interviews all over the world.
Ma is not alone in his view. Coming from a totally different viewpoint and for different reasons, the makers of the documentary Schooling The World say almost exactly the same. According to them; teaching children all over the world to aspire to the western capitalist model kills cultures, and with them the economic models that have sustained those cultures for millennia all over the world.
If you want to know more about the way this teacher thinks, you might want to check his book Jack Ma: The Art Of Dreaming And Succeeding Extraordinary right here.
And if you want to hear from someone that has been working close with Ma. check out Porter Erisman’s podcast right here:
About Jack ma
Jack Ma Yun ( born 15 October 1964] is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. As of August 2018, he is one of China’s richest men with a net worth of US$38.6 billion, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world. Ma’s primarily ideology was for an open and market driven economy.
A prominent business figure, Ma is seen as a global ambassador for Chinese business and as such is frequently listed as one of the world’s most powerful people by Forbes. In addition, he also serves as a role model for startup businesses. In 2017, he was ranked 2nd in the annual “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list by Fortune. On 10 September 2018, he announced that he will retire from Alibaba and pursue educational charity work, effective in 1 year with Daniel Zhang succeeding him as executive chairman