65% of current elementary students will work in jobs yet to be invented. How do we prepare kids for an unknowable future?
Societal and technological shifts have revolutionized almost all aspects of life—including the way we work, entertain ourselves, shop and connect with others. Yet, our education system, at its core, is largely similar to how it was 100 years ago. It has been tweaked—assessments have been adapted, new subjects have been added, technology has been bolted on and new approaches to teaching have been tested—but the logic is the same: kids go to school in a physical building with others from their community where they are instructed in academic disciplines and, usually, assessed via high-stakes tests. It is no surprise that the approach to education has not fundamentally evolved. After all, it is a large, entrenched system, but this is no reason that it should not change.