Daniel Pink and David Warlick both shared an understanding about our students futures that sort of haunts me.
Pink quoted an administrator who said..." We need to prepare kids for their future not our past."
His ideas focused on the current school system as very left brained...linear, sequential, a list of facts or processes. This prepared students for jobs that were the same way.
Today - those jobs are not on the continent. Instead our students face a future that is constantly changing - filled with tools that are constantly changing
is 21st century skills were...
>Design - thinking about the way things are put together - ideas and items
>Story - beyond the facts - the delivery counts
>Symphony - seeing the big picture
>Empathy - seeing another's view
>Play - obvious!
>Meaning - purpose
Finally, he applied this to education this way..
1. Explore new metrics - we need a different way to test
2. Get real about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) employers want more than students who know the content
3. Rethink motivation - study results say that rewards stifle creativity!!
4. Promote and defend autonomy - need self direction
5. Infuse arts education throughout the curriculum - change it from ornamental to fundamental