Preparing our children for an unknown world / Sky News – Derryn Hinch Live

derryn_hinch_30_Aug_2105How does an education system so rooted in past needs and based on remembering and working with known, verifiable and repeatable outcomes cope with a tomorrow world where 60% of the tasks today’s school leavers will do in the workforce and the industries that they will do them in, have yet to be invented.

In this semi regular chat Derryn Hinch of Sky News and I chatted about this new world of work and school where today’s students will live to 120, earn income into their 90’s, have 6 careers and 14 jobs and live in a world where they are paid to undertake tasks rather than employed to do ongoing work.

In this new world travel agents will use augmented and visual reality to send travelers on digital holiday’s. Plumbers will 3D print their needs on site. Service industries will rise in preferred career choice industries as more of us choose to outsource to others what we choose not to do ourselves and health, well-being and longevity experts are lauded and well rewarded.

If we are to prepare our children for the jobs that they will need to create in the future, then we need to rise above the politics and the blaming, above point scoring and blaming of others, stop relying on the romantic and outdated notion of the 3R’s and start embracing the 3C’s – communication, collaboration and creative problem solving and start growing the education landscape of tomorrow.

In this new education landscape teachers are facilitators, students are life long learners and the classroom and its resources are there to foster exploration and provocative learning, allowing each student to engage with the learning in a manner best suited to their individual learning style and needs, engage with people inside and outside of the physical rooms, engage with the digital world, be monitored by technology to gauge engagement and learning and supported by humans where they are not and ultimately held accountable for having learned the lesson by their display of understanding it not merely by their ability to remember and regurgitate it.

There is no certainty in tomorrows’ education and work space and this frightens previous generation’s who, with the best of intentions, want to prepare students and give them every tool for every circumstance to ensure their future success, but shackling them with this impossible attempt at certainty, is only serving as an anchor around their necks.

Today’s students are not preoccupied with certainty, they relish the unknown and we as their guides must teach them the foundations, school them in the ways of the world, open them to a myriad of possibilities and then trust that what we have given them enough to launch them into tomorrow.

Let’s teach them to be audacious and enthuse them to be creative and solve today’s problems, if for no other reason than pure selfishness – our survival.

Watch this segment (9 minutes) and then join the debate on the future of education

Eye on the Future - Aug 30, 2015 | All, Business, education, Horizon Trends, Social, Work
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