Shortcuts

By Cameron Jones

The 55 Minute Question is a show inspired by questions, and the thinking that follows them. It is a show that is loosely inspired by a quote attributed to Einstein: that to solve a problem, spend 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, and the remaining 5 minutes on the solution. The 55 Minute Question is a show that believes what education needs now, more than ever, is big ideas and a space to try them on. Because as Chris Phillips writes in Socrates Cafe, and Gord Downie sang, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” This is our life.

In the first episode of season 2, Cam and Stephen think about shortcuts: are we beginning to see cracks in education, in society, that come from a shallow attention to the parts of a whole? As the pandemic forces structures to be questioned, changed, improved, are the silos that result beginning to cause greater harm? By asking why, and dwelling on the full narrative, do we begin to reframe our models, and in turn discover better solutions?