from Reimagining The Future
In the mid-1800s, when operating steam-driven machines required a skilled workforce, education helped the working class emerge from a period of stagnation. Later, high school helped ease the transition from the farm to the factory and office. We find ourselves straddling two eras again. The world economic forum estimates that sixty-five percent of children today will end up in careers that do not exist yet.
So here we are again. Education must emerge as the bridge between eras. It must ensure that those educated embody the qualities and competencies essential to life in a society different than our industrial past.
Yet, as this Article states, the pandemic forced an aggressive move to digital, but it was a replica of what was done before. According to Justin Reich, director of the MIT teaching systems lab, very few places saw structural changes to how they organize schooling. That’s a problem, as the current learning and education paradigm were built for a different era. In a world where information and knowledge are abundant, dumping information is still the core of our education and learning system. The article referenced above explores the challenges with transforming education.