Saturday, December 14, 2013

2016 to 2061

At ASB we have a strategic plan to 2016 - our aim is to build a school FOR the future.  Last week a new picture appeared on the wall of the Tech Office - it is an infographic that outlines how we are going to achieve our goals and it highlights the importance of our core values.

Today I was looking at the video below - in it Sugatra Mitra is not looking forward to 2016 but 2061.  He asks, what things that we regard today as essential skills for students to learn will become obsolete by 2061 - he also argues that students can teach themselves in the absence of the teacher.  Last week our R&D Core Team also looked towards the future.  We asked a lot of "What if" questions.  I'll be writing about some of these in an upcoming post, but for now I just want to mention that one of the amazing things to me was that in all our discussions there was a lot of talk about learning in different ways and different environments, but no talk at all about teaching.

Professor Mitra believes only 3 skills will be needed for the future: reading comprehension, information search and retrieval skills, and an armour against doctrine.  Do you agree?  What do you think is the future for education?  What do you think a school for the future looks like?

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