Much of what I have been reading of late about educational trends [technology, pedagaogy, assessment, mobility, etc.] points to significant need for change in the K12 education community [as well as higher ed]. I was especially intrigued by a recent posting in Fast Company entitled Moving Toward 2020.
From a business perspective the article does a great job of describing the competitive pressures that are mounting on companies of all sizes. Blogger Sam Herring explains in detail how declaring the next 10 [or so] years as the “learning decade’ for companies holds promise. Herring outlines 17 key drivers for this shift to a corporate learning culture and some are very telling for the education community….the brain drain, failing grade and future jobs for example.
These drivers speak to a vastly different business environment…one in which current students will have to compete in. So how will we [K12 and higher ed] respond?
The new certainty is uncertainty. Knowledge doesn’t provide all the answers. But learning and the application of newly acquired knowledge provide us with a framework for co-existing with the unknown and for keeping innovation and hard-earned revenues flowing, even when difficult conditions exist.