What are the 3 most important things we can do now to help prepare students for their future?
- Critical thinking about what they're learning and why
- How to compete
- How to collaborate
- Ethics and Values
- Vocabulary richness
- Emphasize character
- Build self-confidence
- Develop decision-making skills
Interesting that two out of three of my neighbors mentioned ethics/character. After attending a great session yesterday on the importance of ethics education, I agree. If we don't know what the future challenges will be for our students, we need to give them the tools to make their own choices based on strong core values.
What else is important? I think that students need to be able to evaluate information. In my future world, barriers to entry for creating your own media have been demolished. Society experiences a surge of creativity, but with mashs-ups as both entertainment, social commentary, and education, students must have the ability to judge whether a source is opinion or fact and furthermore to analyze how point of view and bias colors the message.
Lastly, I think that we need to instill in our kids the realization that the world is changing and will continue to change. Therefore, in order to be prepared for this dynamic world, students themselves need to be constantly evolving and searching our new information and new ways to interact with their future world.
So my three would be:
- Build strong core values
- Evaluate information taking bias into account
- Cultivate life-long learning