Published: June 10, 2009 in Knowledge@Wharton
Change may be the only constant, but it's also a constant challenge for educators trying to prepare students for the future. If the world is always in flux, what should teachers be teaching? What should schools be doing to develop the next generation for the dramatic shifts taking place in the way the world works and lives? Does the current curriculum make the grade?
Today's pace and nature of change call for a shift in the way we think about education, argued Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, in a keynote speech at a recent Wharton Evolution of Learning Symposium. In a world where jobs can be sent overseas, tasks can be automated and the feverish pace of technology can render even last year's innovation obsolete, students will have to learn how to think differently than their parents in order to survive and prosper.
A generation ago, students were given a formula to follow: Get good grades, go to college and use that education to find a good job, Pink noted. Students with good language skills were advised to become lawyers; those who were good in math or science were encouraged to become engineers or go to medical school