Purpose of Education Back to basics (politicians) Three overarching basics of education: Economic Cultural Personal
Education and the Economy Role of Education Any conversation about education must be tied into the economy Growth, development and sustainability
Cultural Aspects of Education Education has a fundamental role in the culture of our students The aspects/understandings of their identity Empathy
Personal and People It is about your own individual hopes dreams, aspirations and desires Many students drop out because of standardization of education Tied to engagement Personalize education
Schools of Hope Sociologist Anthony Campolo’s “test”: Complete the sentence, “I want my child to be….” In Japan, mothers say, I want my child to be…. …successful. In America, mothers say, I want my child to be… ….happy. Right answer? I want my child to be… … good. (Cf. research on independent school grads by Douglas Heath: Schools of Hope; and Lives of Hope)
Where’s the Focus? The U.S. has a science and math pipeline problem: It begins in elementary school, as early as kindergarten. “In China, Bill Gates is Brittany Spears. In the US… ….Brittany Spears is Brittany Spears, and that is our problem.” (Tom Friedman, The World Is Flat)
Technology Transforming Education New delivery systems New tools New Outcomes for teaming and technology goals Robotics and “Rube Goldberg” competitions Robotics!!
Communication Skills for the 21 st C. Annual Gallop Poll on What Americans Fear Most: Public Speaking Chronic Illness Snakes Death 21 st C. Schools Ongoing emphasis on writing skillfully Renewed emphasis on public speaking
The Adoption Curve* Early Majority Late Majority Early Adopter Innovator Late Adopters * Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others.
The Adoption Curve* Early Majority Late Majority Early Adopter Innovator Late Adopters * Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others. 20% 60% Accept a change, no matter what Reject a change, no matter what Wait and see
A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein. Is Einstein right?
A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink Left-brain dominated schools and economy Left-brain analytical thinking Economy and Society based on analysis Rewards