History shows us that the top in-demand jobs of 2030 don’t yet exist. So it is our responsibility to apply the knowledge we have today to the opportunities that reveal themselves tomorrow. But our education system needs to change – perhaps radically – if it is to prepare our children to thrive in the twenty-first century.
This means looking further afield for ideas, whether in the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, the exam factories of South Korea, or the inclusive classrooms of Finland. Around the world, countries are grappling with how to scale quality education for their youth. While the spread of schooling over the past century is one of the great global success stories, expansion has too often involved insufficient mastery of core content and thinking skills: what to teach, but also how to teach it.
Alex Beard spends much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his discoveries with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. Ed Fidoe is at at the forefront of innovation in the UK education system, working to roll out a speaking skills curriculum to schools across England, because the ability to communicate verbally is as important as literacy and numeracy. Sugata Mitra was given the $1m TED Prize in 2013 to help build his visionary School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer big questions, share knowledge, and benefit from the help and guidance of online educators. Bethany Koby has created the award-winning make-it-yourself kits that empower children to create with – rather than be fearful of, or passive towards – technology. Laura McInerney co-founded Teacher Tapp, a daily survey of teachers’ lives, pinpointing their struggles, opinions and aspirations.
Join us for a discussion between pioneers who are rethinking the components of the teaching and learning process—from curriculum to materials to teacher development – and who are looking in surprising places for their inspiration.
In association with City of London School.