Evolve, begin an Evolution Revolution

I am a passionate educationalist, focusing on educational transformation, with technology being used to enhance and assist the change. The teacher and business leader is key. Our education needs to change, we need to evolve education by beginning an educational revolution from within — every individual should love school, and school should prepare the individual for the unknown future. Business too, needs to evolve and transform. We live in this fast changing world, that impacts us all, therefore education and business need to develop models to actively and continuously be adaptive.

Schools have existed for a long time, but they need to evolve! We need an education revolution to address the fast pace of change and to prepare individuals for the new world ahead. Each individual needs to be taught, to be adaptable in an ever changing world, schools need to revolutionise. Since schools already exist an active evolution could be put in place.

If our children are being taught, the way we, as adults, were taught, it is a problem! If classrooms look the way they did when the teachers were at school, or if similar methodologies are being used, there is a good chance the learners in those classes are not being given the opportunity to cope in the future. John Dewey expressed many years ago “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them of tomorrow.” This is still most relevant today! Researchers estimate that 65% of learners in primary school today will end up working in jobs that don’t even exist yet.

The role of the teacher in a child-centred, constructivist classroom is to be “a guide, facilitator, and co-explorer who encourages learners to question, challenge, and formulae their own ideas, opinions, and conclusions.” (Abdal-Haqq, 1998, p.1) This teaching strategy would assist in helping learners cope with the change. The World Economic Forum report expresses the importance of social skills, such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others, and they will be in higher demand across industries rather than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. Schools should be developing critical and creative thinkers, exposing learners to computational thinking and computer science skills, as well as developing coding (programming) competencies as part of the curriculum. Education should be proactively addressing these changing needs!. Do your learners work in teams? Are they encouraged to question?

Best change happens from the inside, then moving out, beginning with the teachers, as they are the custodians of true evolution and change within a school. So when we speak about evolving a school, the changes should impact the school as a whole from various aspects, involving the entire school community. It is a long term process, not a quick fix, but start taking little steps.

Business should address these issues internally as well, and follow a similar model!

Let’s transform these challenges into opportunities together!

Reference:

World Economic Forum, January 2016. The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_FOJ_Executive_Summary_Jobs.pdf

Abdul-Haqq, I. (1998). Constructivism in Teacher Education: Considerations for those who would link practice to theory. Washington DC: Eric Digest.

Dewey, J. (1930). Democracy and Education, : an introduction to the philosophy of education. New York: Macmillan Company,

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