- Does education need to change?
- Why or why not?
- If it should change, what should it become? How should education (k-12, higher, or corporate) look like in the future?"
Below are my responses:
1. Does education need to change?
“If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.”
In light of that quote I have to ask, is what we’re producing now good enough for the future? Will our current structures (buildings, timetables, curriculum) prepare our young adults for a future where:
knowledge is accessed with relevant keywords and the press of a button
the lines defining maps and time zones don’t really apply to who you’re able to work with on projects
the available jobs haven’t even been dreamed up yet?
Personally, I don’t think so. I think we’re very good at producing citizens equipped to work within the lines, who believe that their power to recall knowledge defines how ‘smart’ they are, and who look to others to solve their problems.
So, in short, yes I believe our approach to education needs to change.
2. Why or why not?
If education does not shift to align itself with the present and prepare itself for the future I feel that an increasingly wide divide between educated and “drop out” will grow because more and more students will disengage from the system. We need to give our students the best opportunities to succeed in life – that’s the bottom line. If we’re not doing that, we’re failing them.
3. If it should change, what should it become? How should education (k-12, higher, or corporate) look like in the future?"Something more than it is now - something collaborative, with the teacher acting more as a mentor with smaller groups, inspiring, creative, flexible... Personally, I'd love something like the picture as my classroom...
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