Recently someone sent me this amazing video about what the world will look like for our children. The rate of change and growth of technology is mind boggling and means that it is virtually impossible to visualize our children’s future. They will have jobs that don’t exist yet using technology that has not even been imagined. Check it out:
After watching the video I went on to the creators blog, Karl Fisch, the Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School, called The Fischbowl. The latest post was called “What’s the Purpose of School?” and it really got me thinking. If the world is changing so much, so much that we can’t even anticipate what our children will need or do or have, what role does school play? It used to be that reading, writing, and arithmetic were the building blocks of everything. Is that still the case? How does school prepare our kids for a future they are probably more prepared for and experienced with than their teachers?
Intuitively I believe in the value of school but I also see that schools and teachers have to make a giant shift in thinking to prepare kids for the future in this rapidly changing world. Is this possible? What do you think?