06
March
2017

Re-Thinking Education in Fast-Changing Times

Looking back over the past year, there have been some major changes and surprises in various parts of the world, and it is no doubt clear to all that change is tough and unpredictable. It’s also happening faster than ever before and many of its consequences remain unpredictable. Are our schools really preparing students for this reality?

In a recent article by Tom Goodwin (“We don’t need to teach our kids to code, we need to teach them how to dream”,  January 2017), he suggested that in order to prepare kids for a future we cannot imagine, we need to rethink much of what we do in schools. The traditional focus on information and knowledge is not enough in a world of “fake news” (as just one example), where it is important to show students how to evaluate information and search for the truth in different versions of it, and to be able to form opinions of their own.  

Goodwin also suggested there are five key attributes that we should focus on to help everyone “embrace the modern age”:

  1. Being able to build lasting and trusted relationships with others, including reviving the art of conversation among students who rely so much on brief text-based or visual exchanges
  2. Developing curiosity and the need to know more – including forming relationships with experts
  3. Adapting to change and being flexible and agile in moving between jobs and careers
  4. Using imagination to drive creativity and innovation
  5. Building bridges across differences and being able to empathise with one another in an increasingly polarized world.

The full article can be read via this link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/we-dont-need-teach-our-kids-code-them-how-dream-tom-goodwin

Think about ways you can develop these attributes in your learners, and which of them you see as the most important.

What is your school doing to “re-think” education?

Categories: Web Watch, Macrat Musings

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