Most of us know in a general sort of way that in a few years today's students will enter a work force that is very different from the one we know now. Most of us also agree that, to better prepare these students, we need to do some (or many?) things differently. I just watched a video that might help the next time you are
arguing advocating for change with parents or a member of the board.
According to former US Secretary of Education Richard Riley, the top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t yet been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
Far more than Physics or Literature or Mathematics (although these are important), and way more than blogging, PowerPoint, smart boards and teleconferencing (although these are also important), our students need to learn from us how to learn. Go ahead and assign scribes to create classroom wikis and podcast your asynchronous debates, but make sure they learn how to learn. Teach them to create knowledge and to communicate it effectively. Let them watch you as you keep learning.