31 Mar 21st Century Education
All we really know about the future is that we really don’t know much about the future. We can portend some possible trends based on history, current data, and the theoretical trajectory of prevalent consumption patterns, but at the end of the day, all our pontificating and punditry doesn’t change the fact that we don’t know what’s around the corner. Or even what corner is where. Or, without the insight of hindsight, where the heck we are anyway.
Still, considering the future, at a minimum, is a fun way of playing Fantasy Future. And, thanks to America’s being a premier player on the world’s stage, we can leverage our draft picks to include a fleet of SUV’s, a plethora of fast food restaurants, a slew of mud slinging politicians (most of whom only budge when pushed by crisis or lured by dollars), incredible mega-stores with wicked pricing, and a trash talking president who issues global ultimatums such as “You’re either with us or against us”. With such a roster in place, let’s gaze into the crystal ball of a possible future injury list.
Given the players we have on the field, kids today may tomorrow face:
- Energy shortages
- Mercurial globalization efforts
- Population increases
- Strained resources
- Rising and Falling economies
- Climatic changes
What’s a Fantasy Future coach to do?
- Critical thinking
- Written and oral communication
- Global awareness
The current accountability push overemphasizes standardization and testing while underemphasizing engagement and innovation. However, there are a number of states working to develop and implement curricula aimed at cultivating 21st century skill sets. Check out the http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the innovative programming they propose.