Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Bloom’s Taxonomy

In 1956 Benjamin Bloom, educational thought leader, created a pyramid to list our cognitive skills. Easiest at the bottom—remembering—and the hardest at the top—creation.

Children are the least likely to figure out the hard stuff by themselves. So surely schools focus on teaching our kids the complex, right?


Visit the typical school and you’ll recognise a pattern: kids memorise the textbooks, hold onto the facts until the exam, dump their know-how onto the test, and leave it behind to make room for the content of the next class.

Private schools are no different. The teachers simply do a better job at getting the students to buckle down.

Clearly kids need to know certain rules and concepts by heart. But if the metric of success in school is:

Do you know more ten dollar words than most adults?
Can you factor polynomials quickly under pressure?

Then kids will be trained to think life is about jumping through meaningless hoops to please some bigwig. Any notions of chasing dreams are left at the curb.

What’s more, being good at the game of memory does not help succeed in the future.

The innovation era doesn’t need copy cats, but creators. And we can find them at the top of Bloom’s pyramid.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach