How should education adapt in the future?

Elizabeth Cleland
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Elizabeth Cleland
Created by Elizabeth Cleland almost 5 years ago


How do we best prepare students for the future

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How should education adapt in the future?
  1. current system outdated - needs to be individualised to foster creativity (Friedman, Zhao, Robinson, Noddings and Lipman)
    1. Friedman, Zhao and Robinson believe wealth determines success
      1. Nel Noddings - every child has equal opportunities - plumber or philosopher
        1. losing focus of hands on skills
          1. When did we ever teach hands on skills? Schools have diversified more than ever over the last century
            1. ICT
              1. Has the concept of hands on just been reinvented to adapt to a tech society?
                1. instantaneous rewards that technology has given us
                  1. Eastern philosophies of the root of unhappiness (or evil as it may be) being desire
                    1. Gotama lectured that "personal gratification is the root and cause of suffering in the world."
                      1. the future of education should unbiasedly inform young minds of both good and bad in society, train positive actions for change. ICT provides powerful information to every person. Teaching them that they have the influence to create change by using that information is the next step in education.
                        1. Another example is research, I've heard from my dad multiple times that when he was in school he has to use books to get the information he needs but now all you have to do is just google it, 'back in my day we would have to wait weeks to get information from the council about something, now you can go in and they can pull it up on the computer in 5 mins' says my nan. Which i believe is a good thing.
                  2. real world applications
                    1. disagree that hand skills is being lost because of ICT, ICT opens the world up to a wide of verity of different things it's the way you use it, even as a Tradie you use ICT to create what your going to build, making the pre plan and yes I know you can draw it but a piece of paper can easily get wet or wreaked. You can also see things in 3D with the use of ICT when you couldn't if you were to draw it.
                      1. Is your argument that ICT is taking over in terms of planning and design in trades? Or that it actually isn't and it should be?
                    2. With your reference to Nel Noddings, do you believe then that education should take a more feminine approach?
                      1. I just like the value that she places on every child regardless of their goal in life in respect to what profession they aim for.
                2. Lipman: teaching philosophy at a young age
                  1. But should also be free to "just be kids"
                    1. Friedman's flat earth is making kids grow up younger
                      1. may be "growing up" faster physically or sexually, I see a stunting in the emotional and interpersonal growth of many young people.
                    2. my brother year 6 graduation recently and found out that they were teaching children about sexual education. So I do agree that children these days are being taught things they should know until they at least reach teenage years
                      1. on my Prac in prep my teacher was going to inform the children what good and bad touching is which I believe is a good thing but also opens a child's mind to sexual experiences that they should have to worry about. I believe that it's the society that these kids are being brought up in. I mean some parents these days are still children themselves and their parents are just allowing it and not realising that their child is still a child at the age of 15.
                        1. I'm not sure whether I totally understand where you're going with this one? How does it link back to the future of education? What do you want Sex Ed to look like in the future?
                      2. the "current state of society", is it possible that it's the state of society that needs to change?
                        1. Old fashioned beliefs and the original intention education. Is it society that should adapt to education?
                          1. "harsh reality" I cannot see the future of education being to change society as much as reforming to cater for current society as it would feel like a step backwards
                            1. don't think it would be seen as realistic by society as they would feel as they would be going backwards as there is a constant subconscious aim for improvement.
                              1. It is certainly popular to try to be a "progressive" society (look at Canada for example).
                          2. societal demands and how they change over time
                            1. Thomas Friedman and Daniel Pink in how they recognise how the education system doesn't compliment the current state of society
                              1. Friedman's view of the future due to globalisation and technological advances
                                1. Just because there is a screen in front of kids doesn't mean they are using any cognitive skills, the apps that are available these days can bring creativeness and that's one thing a child needs
                          3. playing devils advocate, but a lot of this stuff started to change when working mothers were normalised in society. Do you think that there might be some merit to the nuclear family? Do men and women serve specific roles in raising the right kind of people and creating the secondary support for schooling education at home. Did having a full time mother raise better citizens?
                            1. demise of religion
                            2. The schooling education has to change to fit in with today's society. There's no point in teaching children how to plant one seed in at a time to get minimal food when there are machines that you can use to plant multiple at one time and get more from it.
                              1. an element of circular reasoning when it comes to society needing to change, or education needing to change.
                                1. Societal change needs to happen unilaterally. In order for this to happen, then kids need to be made aware of how their societal circumstances shape their world view, and be able to filter out these preceptions.
                                  1. students can affect their community when they know how to influence politics - current affairs and politics should be taught in education to empower future students
                                    1. At what age do you feel students should know these things though?
                                2. Friedman - flat world
                                  1. the playing field is no longer based on where you live but rather the access to technology you have.
                                    1. those who do not have access to Internet or wider technology are still left at a disadvantage to those who are raised in a more industrialised country
                                      1. schools need to help students foster the inherent creativity. Robinson believes that schools crush creativity. It is my belief that schools should be where students are encouraged to express their creativity in a safe and nurturing environment (Noddings)
                                  2. Pink states that the word is moving from left to right brain thinking and that in the future logical/left brain thinking is not going to be enough. This is definitely evident in today's day and age as there are industries that are mainly run by machines so we can no longer afford to be "entrenched by industrialised ways of thinking" to put it in Ken Robinson's words.
                                    1. equilibrium between enhancing both creative and logical thinking skills
                                    2. 1) we live in a global world now not a small tribal community 2) we should evolve from only educating about things relevant to the immediate community 3) I think this will prepare and foster worldly individuals rather than sheltered naive hermits if (I'm being extremely black and white about it).
                                      1. That's a really good point! It is an interesting expansion on the flatworld idea - not only does our shrinking world have implications on the labour force, but there's also a cultural implication there as well
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