Is finding purpose harder than it needs to be? Is it just hard? Or is it possibly associated with status quo economy?
In turn …
1. Researcher Wm Damon argues not need to be so hard.
If correct, seems fitting to make it a priority since it motivates, integrates, and energizes learning and action. Win-win … economy.
Maybe it should be foundational to schooling. Maybe even most important measured outcome of each student. Sense of direction “gives rise to learning,” associated with grit, etc.
A difficult measure … esp to know when authentic. But what gets measured gets attention. Shouldn’t be like a grade, but in U.S. risk it would become so.
At least greater consciousness … more active, intentional programming and/or tools.
2. Or is it just hard?
What if not as Damon argues?
Value in “progress” — programming and/or tools for that. Zuckerberg … benefit of boundaries to challenges.
Value of experiences; not simply information.
3. Or is difficulty associated with locating purpose within profile of our economy?
Workforce = matchmaking.
Is it need for better matchmaking? Or nature of economy itself? (Reality of paying huge student loans.) Both matchmaking and nature of economy?
Wendy Kopp / TFA : They couldn’t think of anything better to do …
Kopp’s moral imagination — brand new element of economy — provided others with ease of access to something “better” for at least two years … 10,000 per year. Five times that applied.
For many participants, the *experience* led them to use their own moral imagination to add yet more elements.
The more structures the greater the access. Not easy to insert within status quo economy.
Perhaps schooling should teach moral imagination … Perhaps experiences well before end of college …