A Global Challenge
but are in a 19th century education system?
Students need 21st century skills
How do you
square this circle?
Societal Transformation at a Global Scale
Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed.
Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), is convinced that we are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another, which the WEF calls now The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The result of all this is societal transformation at a global scale. By affecting the incentives, rules, and norms of economic life, it transforms how we communicate, learn, entertain ourselves, and relate to one another and how we understand ourselves as human beings.
To us, this is a call to action. It is a vision for developing, diffusing, and governing innovation in ways that foster a more empowering, collaborative, and sustainable foundation for social and economic development, built around shared values of the common good, human dignity, and intergenerational stewardship.
This requires a fundamental change on how we prepare students for their adult lives
These challenges we face today require a fundamental change on how we prepare students for their adult lives. We envision an education system that enables them to learn how to be creative, that having ideas is important, what it takes to bring an idea to life and learn this by collaborating and respecting each other’s talents.
But here’s the problem: Sir Ken Robinson argues that we have a system of education that is modelled on the interests of industrialism and in the image of it. “Schools are still pretty much organised on factory lines; ringing bells, separate facilities, specialised into separate subjects. We still educate children by batches; we put them through the system by age group – why do we do that? It was driven by an economic imperative of the time but running right through it was an intellectual model of the mind, which was essentially the enlightenment view of intelligence; that real intelligence consists in this capacity for a certain type of deductive reasoning and a knowledge of the classics originally, what we come to think of as academic ability.
And this is deep in the gene pool of public education; there are only two types of people – academic and non-academic; smart people and non smart people. And the consequence of that is that many brilliant people think they’re not because they’ve been judged against this particular view of the mind.”
The challenge is that many people when they graduate, infected by the outdated 200 years old context of the education system, have lost the ability to understand how they can be creative, problem solving team-players and how to take on an idea and bring it to life. That’s because we still run systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can do. But for you to be creative, you need to be willing to be wrong, to make mistakes. We all know the scene: express an idea for a new or improved product or service and the absolute majority of people will instantly share a list of arguments why it won’t work. And that needs to change.
When students see that what’s happening in the classroom can impact the real-world, they see their futures in a whole new light.
Education should make an impact on all students by bringing them 21st century skills that will serve them for life. When students see that what’s happening in the classroom can impact the real-world, they see their futures in a whole new light. They learn how they can contribute to society, rather then just be a consumer of it.
Education done right makes an impact on communities by enabling young people to drive their own future, to become the self-motivated, problem solving, creative team workers that companies and organisations are looking for or to create their own start-up (profit or non-profit).
infecting 3 billion students worldwide
According to the world demographics profile 2016 by IndexMundi, 41,6% percent of the current world population is under the age of 24. This means that 2,9 billion youngsters are or should be targeted by the education system.
The problem is the education system is trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past. And on the way they’re alienating millions of kids who don’t see any purpose in going to school.
A Global Challenge Requires A Global Action