Education vs Employment

A reflection on education and personal fulfilment



Sir Ken Robinson
Internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business


Mr. Pasi Sahlberg
Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA


Mr. Luis Fábrica
Chairman Meridians International


Guideline questions of the panel


  1. How would it be the ideal school? How would the classrooms be like? Which would be the role of the teacher? Which would be the subjects?
  2. How influence this model into society and in the labour market?
  3. How would you think this model would influence in the young offenders and young people in risk of exclusion?
  4. How could it be integrated this model into a minors centre?
  5. And to a marginalized zone in risk of exclusion?
  6. Which must be the role of the parents that are also in exclusion in this model?
  7. Would affect this model of school to the Social Services?
  8. Does social exclusion make people less creative?
  9. Do you think that the behavioural control of violent young people can improve with the development of their capacities?
  10. How would the program for the development of their capacities be?



In this panel we would like to take a close look at the theories and approaches of Sir Ken Robinson, Mr. Pasi Sahlberg and Mr. Luis Fábrica, focusing the debate in two aspects: a reflection on the education (of young people) and on the fulfilment of the people through the development of their capacities, especially on the young people in risk of exclusion and in young ex offenders.


There is a clear relationship among the educational system, society and the labour market: those societies with the most standardized educational systems are less dynamic which limit their capacity to generate employment, and also to make the young people that train more employable.


This situation get worse for the young people in risk of social exclusion, with learning difficulties, with high rates of academic failure, which once excluded from the system, it is hard to reincorporate. We think that moving these theories to the internment centres and in general the development process of the judicial measures may contribute to a higher success in the normalization and social integration processes.


¿How should be the educational model that must train the young people for answering the new challenges they are going to face in the next decades? An educational system that consider training as a set of disciplines interconnected, an ecosystem of knowledge where each element interrelates with the others, and where the training itinerary is personalized for each young so they can develop all their potential, where they do not get their wings clipped or get excluded from the system.


Throughout these and other questions of interest we will discuss and debate, to get to know how the educational models from the future should be and how these models can answer the concern of the young people and especially the young people in risk of exclusion and the young offenders.

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