I’ve been fortunate to see David Warlick speak at conferences several times. More important than this, I’ve sat with him and enjoyed a meal together and spent some time together on a few occasions. During each of these times, one message he has constantly conveyed is the idea that, for the first time in history, we are educating our students for uncertain times.
I’ve been thinking about this more these days.We are educating our students to live during a period of history when science, technology, trade and our understanding of global living and networks change on almost daily basis.
What do classrooms look like to accomodate an understanding of the Arab Spring? Anonymous? Daily protests in Montreal? Growing organs? $3000 laptops and $25 desktop computers? Global travel? Incredible wealth living alongside breathtaking poverty?
How do we teach for the times we are in and prepare our students for the times ahead? This isn’t simply a hypothetical question. It actually needs to be quite central to what we on a daily basis. What does a unit plan look like for uncertain times? A single lesson? Educating for uncertain times involves thinking about the curricula that we teach, the resources we use and the goals of our lessons. Who makes these choices? How do we choose? How do we see clearly through all of the choices that are available? How do we see clearly through all of the politics and hype of change?
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