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Future School

An examination of 20th Century industrialized education, and how it is as unsustainable as the business model it follows blindly.

Tim King

on 19 November 2011

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Pre-1900s one room school house
one teacher, all subjects, all levels Robert Harris (1849 - 1919) © Confederation Centre Art Gallery
School At Canoe Cove, P.E.I. www.earlyofficemuseum.com 1926 office environment 1957 Classroom environment Classroom 2009 Notice any similarities? This is such a common meme, it's
a common target in pop culture... ... as you can see, we've
made a lot of changes... How education has followed industrialization
into an unsustainable dead end, and how it will follow it out De-Industrializing Education Education entangled with
business norms A brief history of education Home-schooled
Church-based education (from the French settlers)
Education is an individually promoted and implemented idea educational tools for this future Students in this future will require the capacity to engage in:

life long learning (i.e. self-directed and collaborative inquiry)

connectedness (communication and collaboration with peers and experts around the world) "I do recognize that many high school principals report increasing difficulty in maintaining an orderly, business-like environment in schools where there is widespread skipping and non-attendance of classes..." Marylin More, Minister of Education for Nova Scotia, Nov 6th, 2010 A little light reading http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddg3j6mp_26dhfgvchh Geography or even demographics need have little to do with education.
Skilled educators will be valuable beyond the walls of the building they work in.
Students will experience situations more immersive and personally engaging than anything that happened in the old industrial modeled schooling system.
Technology allows us to focus on learning rather than arbitrary information based milestones.
Students move through education at their own pace, using immersive simulation to develop personally resonant learning that stays with them.
There is an erosion of personal boundaries and expectations as students (and the public in general) are able to experience life as any gender, race or culture.
The ultimate goal of education is to free the minds of its students from ignorance, assumption and doubt and allow them to take in the world (real and virtual) as efficiently and meaningfully as possible. The future? What is education? some thoughts StatsCan & NASDEPTS.org: 35,000 school buses in Canada
450,000 in the US!
25 million students a year moved! (US)
5,750,000,000 mile driven per year (US)
822,857,143 gallons of fuel used per year (US estimate)
$4471 per bus per year in fuel costs or $43 per child (US) The study (WWF, 2002) will also reveal a sharp fall in the planet's ecosystems between 1970 and 2002 with the Earth's forest cover shrinking by about 12 per cent, the ocean's biodiversity by a third and freshwater ecosystems in the region of 55 per cent. Mark Townsend and Jason Burke
The Observer, Sunday 7 July 2002 The world economy will experience scarcities of natural resources from now until the middle of the twenty-first century from The Futurist, 2010, Jan-Feb Edition The post-scarcity world will put tremendous pressure on current business models, potentially rendering them irrelevant and obsolete... Human population growth rate in percent, with negative zero percentage, including the variables of births, deaths, immigration, and emigration, as listed on CIA factbook (2006 estimate). Scary facts the use of standardized testing will increase
less face-to-face time to gather anecodotal evidence
the need for measurable data increases in order to make informed decisions metacognition Fears
technology is just a flash in the pan
educators will become redundant
students will perform far below their actual potential and even fall through the cracks
students without means to access technology will be left behind Create learning environments that are:
flexible and adaptable
driven by inquiry
discipline-based courses will:
increase the use of authentic assessment
involve teacher and student reflection
make meaningful, purposeful links between learning and experience Sharon Friesen "Uncomfortable Bedfellows: Discipline-based Inquiry and Standardized Examinations", Teacher Librarian Magazine, October 2010 Future Now, Immediately, begin! teachers need to have a more significant online presence
stop giving handouts! Let them find the information.
create interactive and online formative assessment
be given PD opportunities to meet challenges of education in the digital environments model collaboration
in PLCs
in teaching practice
with students ethical behaviour in the use of information and in collaboration must be taught equitable access for all individuals is ensured emotive software that responds to needs of the student "The software was 80 percent accurate in sensing the students’ moods—and toward the end of a 15-minute lesson, users were three times more engaged and focused than kids who had been working on regular, unmodified computers. " This month's WIRED 2000 2010 2005 2002 March (cc) image by jantik on Flickr grandma learning how to learn
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