Who Will Change the School System?

Five Different Types of Adaptors of Change

From the moment we are born we learn by doing. If we cry we get food and if we burn our finger on a candle we will not touch it again. When we reach a certain age we go to school and start learning what other people think we need to know or what they have been told to teach us. Children usually assume that the teachers know what is good for them so they try to understand and learn everything they teach them.

Changing the system

The question that has been coming up more and more lately is if the currently used teaching methods are constructively preparing children for the future. Nowadays things are changing so rapidly and studies show us that a lot of professions which exist in 2017 will be gone in 10 years from now. The question is what should children be taught nowadays? The last decades a lot of new methods have appeared, that are trying to answer this question and which are trying to change the old school systems.

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Who will make change happen?

My thoughts about the possibilities of changing the school systems made me think about the capacity of new ideas to spread. Everett Rogers made a theory called “The diffusion of innovations” about how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Rogers suggested there are five different types of adaptors of change and that at a certain point the innovation reaches a critical mass. This is when the number of individual adapters ensures that the innovation is self-sustaining. The five types:

  • Innovators — 2,5%
    They are the first to want to adopt the new idea or technology. They are always looking for new possibilities to change things.
  • Early adaptors — 13,5%
    These individuals are also looking for new ideas and technologies, but they are more discreet in adopting choices than innovators.
  • Early Majority — 34%
    The people who are part of this group first need some time before they believe the advantages of the innovation.
  • Late majority — 34%
    They are skeptical about innovation and adopt it after the majority of society has adopted it.
  • Laggards — 16%
    These persons are the last to adopt an innovation and are usually more focused on traditions.

Critical mass

For new ideas to spread and change to happen, in school systems or somewhere else, we have to get as many people involved until we reach the critical mass. I don’t know where we are right now in the process of changing the school systems, but I do think things are changing. More and more people are starting to question the current systems.

I believe innovation is a necessity, because of the rapidly changing world we are living in right now.

For more information about my current work please have a look at: Unleash Leadership and Floorish.

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