Undeniably money plays an essential role. The better the education, the higher the pay of one’s job – at least this is how it seems. Youngsters decide to go to university, hoping an in-depth education will ensure jobs with a high salary. At the same time our business world is changing, implying that the next generation of workforce will see a different educational sector? How will the future of education look like?
The Internet opens new alleys for students to work through teaching material presented in the classroom. I remember being in my studies, lacking in depth understanding of a subject, then going online to listen to the outline of the same course material explained by a MIT professor. Would the average teacher of the future feel that his job is at risk?
Provided that the educational sector seems to hold a rather conservative flavour like the pharmaceutical industry, one could fear that the school system will not be affected by change as hugely as the disruptive business landscape will be. The way education is entangled in our world looks like a massive superstructure which dresses in various different cloths, be it the the centralised final exams or the various universities which show strongly: if you are a wealthy person with lots of money, you are likely to be granted access to the top notch universities. How can such an educational system break out of its structures?
The classroom of the future may look like a rather happy prison where the coaching element is emphasised. In one’s spare time people may be able to study on MOOCs such as Coursera but true discussions with passion and emotions may only be found in classrooms where people are physically present. Classrooms may be a place where people refocus on content which was taught in the past, so one refocus on its content and connect it to another period of time. One could only hope that classrooms of the future will recognise the different learner types and various skill sets of its students. Maybe the future classroom will impact each student to go out in the world to follow his own path. If we are honest with each other, did school prepare you for life?
Knowledge and understanding are two different pair of shoes, everyone can learn something and then hold some sort of knowledge about a subject but connecting knowledge into the bigger picture, that seems to be the tricky part. Will the teacher of the future be defined by his ability to humanly interact and help students to create a big picture view, to help students connect the acquired knowledge to society?
A central problem remains, with the ever changing business world the skills which are needed are never strictly defined. According to General Assembly, the four key attributes a successful person of the future should hold: Firstly, one should be adaptable meaning responsive to challenges. Secondly, one should be innovative meaning transforming an idea into reality. Thirdly, one should be able to have one foot in the old and one foot in the new, meaning that one should obey to their jobs at the one hand side but listen to what may be needed in the future as well. Lastly, however, it remains to be crucial to show leadership in every respect.