Reviewing the summer’s riots and how we can learn from them, Works and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith blamed ‘a get rich quick celebrity culture exemplified by The X Factor and dysfunctional lives of footballers which has created a society ‘out of balance.’
He added in an interview in the Guardian: “Kids are meant to believe that their stepping stone to massive money is The X Factor. Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. We do not celebrate people who have made success out of serious hard work.”
His calls appear to echo my appeals for what I call ‘Tedia Studies’ in education: that creating great ideas and making great things happen requires a tolerance of the tedium of researching, testing, failing, learning from failure, and trying again.
None of which is possible unless there is an underlying Adversity Quotient prepared to pay the dues in order to make the news.
I now hope Mr. Duncan Smith starts exploring how Tedia Studies could be developed and introduced in the curriculum.
Tedia Studies won’t be fun, but it will be a crucial part of the fabric of coping with life and providing the necessary reserve and resource for making things happen. (Please repeat 101 times).