Educating for the Future

We know quite little about what the future will look like, what opportunities and challenges it will present; yet we are meant to be educating ourselves and our children for it. In an ideal world, I would like to see a diversity of models of formal education, reflecting an openness to the plurality of the future. The reference to Academia meets apprenticeship in Ireland on the padlet wall is an example of an approach that prioritizes competence and skills development over qualifications, and coulee be useful in educating fro the future.

One standout from this week’s lectures was the harnessing of education to increase a country’s economic competitiveness. That has certainly been the case in my country, where spending on education is justified almost exclusively in economic terms. States are particularly interested in creating the “workforce of the future,” in the context of globalization and global competition. Yet schools are organized very much as they were in the 19th century. Technological, social and economic megatrends are driving change and our education systems have, for the most part, not responded quickly or adequately enough. Another padlet wall entry, Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future, illustrates this dilemma very well.

Recalling an earlier reference to Ken Robinson, I think one of the priorities education should reflect is the equal status of creativity with literacy and numeracy. This, I believe, would allow for the flexible pursuit opportunities and challenges in an uncertain world.