I am listening to an interview of J.J. Abrams on the Nerdist Podcast and he was asked a question about something that happens during filming. His response was really interesting. He said, ‘OK, let’s let this [be terrible] for a second.’ He goes on to say that sometimes film makers spend so much time trying to get the perfect angle for a shot, or have the perfect dialogue that they end up missing something they actually needed in the end. So, in any creative process, he lets something be terrible for just a moment (even when he knows it will be terrible beforehand) just to give himself a better perspective.
In Education, we are so cautious about adopting new techniques. We want to make sure they are tested and proven by someone else before we decide to try them ourselves. But I think that mindset is starting to change, at least it is on the small scale. We are getting pockets of innovation happening; small groups of people who are willing to let things be terrible for a second in order to find the better method to use. Really, this is just learning through experimentation.
We need to do this more often. For just one unit or one month or one semester, let’s let things be terrible and let’s learn from our mistakes. Maybe something amazing will come out of it. Or maybe we will just confirm that what we just did doesn’t work. Not matter what, we are leaning. And isn’t that the goal of education in the first place?