What will the world look like in 50 years?
What problems are going to be on everyone’s mind in 50 years? Will it be a pandemic? Will drought be the most pressing issue? Climate Change? The point is, we do not know. There is no way to know what will happen in the future. It may be all, or none, of these senarios, but the question to ask is, “What is my school doing to prepare me to deal with these eventualities?” Is your school preparing you for the 21st century problems? Is it student centered? Is it creative? Does it allow you to be the best you can be, or does it have you asking “Why am I doing this,” on a daily basis?
When looking at schools, ask what they are doing to incorporate 21st century learning methods. Is it an innovative place that allows you to think and create? Is it collaborative and requires you to communicate with others? In short, is it a 21st century education?
If the answer is no, consider looking for a new place. The changing world will be defined by students who can think, not by those who can quietly fill out a worksheet. Preparing yourself for the changing world requires a 21st century education. Ask your school what their plan is to provide it, or venture out and find your own way. The future belongs to the brave thinkers that challenge everyday concepts. Reach for greatness through a 21st century education.
Director of Curriculum and Innovation.