Opinion David McWilliams

Monday 23 October 2017

No matter how you do, there is life after the Leaving Cert

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

The little nine-year-old boy sat at the kitchen table in front of two computer screens. Open on the first one was 'World of Warcraft', which he was playing furiously. Open on the other was Skype where he was consulting with four of his young friends on what move to make next.

These children were engaged in that most common of human activities – they were collaborating. They were consulting each other, learning new tricks from each other and getting the best out of each other by sharing information.

This is what humans are good at and arguably the ability to collaborate and communicate with each other in detail in order to share information is one of the key evolutionary characteristics, which divides humans from other animals. Our willingness to consult and learn from each other, perfectly summed up in the old expression "two heads are better than one", has been the driving force in our success in so many fields of endeavour.

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