With jobs being automated and knowledge being devalued, humans need to rediscover flexible thinking. That starts in schools. But how should educators prepare young people for the digital age? For Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins the answer lies in the teaching of philosophy: "One of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to empower children into acting as free and responsible subjects in an ever more complex, interconnected, and uncertain world.”
Distractions, stress, anxiety, and social media plague the college classroom making it tough for faculty to teach, and even tougher for students to learn. Is there anything faculty can do to remedy the problems facing the college classroom, or are we to accept this as the new normal? Here are five things teachers can do to create a more positive classroom climate.
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague. But the confusion around the precise definition is understandable because “Design thinking isn’t one thing, but a bundle of mindsets and philosophies all wrapped up in one term, which obviously has the potential to lead to ambiguity and misunderstanding.” Said Neil Stevenson, executive portfolio director at IDEO Chicago.
The US is a world leader in scientific innovation and advanced technologies. But in order to remain at the forefront of innovation and not lag behind, the US must address the disconnect between the skills required for 21st century jobs and young people’s ability to acquire those skills. Fixing this will require the country to evolve their approach to public education and training.
“We expect most of our graduates will enter work contexts where they will soon face the following new challenges: working with knowledge that doesn’t yet exist, using practices that don’t yet exist, in jobs that don’t yet exist.” With this scenario we must treat our teaching and learning environments as model workplaces.
Joseph Coulson, president of the Great Books Foundation and a former teacher, contributed to a Harvard University study that found reading fiction can help improve “theory of mind”, the ability to recognize mental states in others and understand that others have perspectives and desires that are different from one’s own.
Can we get beyond the tired old discussion about if laptops should be banned from the classroom? The discussion that we should be having is about how we can harness the digital competencies that our students bring to their own learning. Are we wise enough to celebrate the skills, capabilities, and competencies that most of a generation raised on the internet and the mobile device?
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