This week’s guiding questions for this blog post
- Do schools really need to change? If so, in what ways?
- What sort of world are we preparing students for?
- What sort of education or education system will be needed to adequately prepare students for the world ahead?
- Is it possible to change our educational system, or is it more likely that the system will be replaced by other forms of education?
- What does citizenship look like in this future reality?
I know these loaded questions can stir up some lively debates regarding the education sector. I know when I read the questions, several thoughts came flooding in. However, I am looking to take a mild approach at answering them. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts and check out my classmates’ blogs for their approach!
Do schools really need to change? If so, in what ways?
I am unsure if schools really “need” to change in the sense of what they achieve and have achieved for many years. There is always room for educators to explore different perspectives regarding teaching strategies/models within our schools. However, there are certain expectations that guide teachers within their division/province/state/country. If there were going to be changes made to the education sector, the curriculum would make the most significant impact. As our modern world advances, some of the curricula will become outdated. The curriculum is a guiding resource for what is being taught in our schools and therefore could provide the biggest change in schools.
What world are we or what world should we be preparing our students for?
This is a challenging question because we can only prepare ourselves and our students for what we know or anticipate within a realistic realm of possibilities. As educators, we need to maintain some realism in what our students may encounter in a future world. An example would be still having driver training available for teenagers. Although self-driving cars are on the market and may continue to grow in popularity, there is still a need for basic skills and understanding. Currently, we are preparing students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and how to navigate through a world that is always connected. We teach them how to be good neighbours, community members, and maintain that same reputation online.
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