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The Changing Face of Education Mary Cullinane Director, US Partners in Learning
Our changing world… The 25% of the population in China, with the highest IQ’s, is greater than the total population of North America. If you took every single job in the U.S. today and shipped it to China... China would still have a labor surplus. In the next 75 minutes … 540 babies will be born in the U.S. … 3159 babies will be born in India. by 2010 more than 51 percent of the U.S. workforce is expected to be 40 years old or older, a 33 percent increase since 1980. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs … By the age of 38. At American colleges and universities, only 5 percent of undergraduates are pursing degrees in science or engineering, compared with 42 percent of university students in China, while India routinely graduates four times as many college students with engineering skills as the United States.
The fact is… We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist... Using technologies that haven’t been invented... in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. David Warlick – Connect Learning blog
And our current systems are not working… Out of 100 9 th grade students… 18 will graduate from college within 6 years…
Today… our question must be… “How do we create Artists of Learning”
Our point of comparison can no longer be Indiana vs. Idaho… it must now be Indiana vs. India.
Here’s what we know… 70% of respondents said they were not motivated or inspired to work hard. 2/3 would have worked harder if it was demanded of them. 59 – 65% of respondents missed classed often the year prior to dropping out. 81% of students surveyed believed there should be more opportunities for real-world and experiential learning Today’s average US student has 4 – 5 email addresses 26% of US students access a foreign news service The fastest growing segment of computer users today in the US is 5 – 7 year olds.
The new generation of learners Sell to the world Buy from the world Work for international companies Manage employees from other cultures and countries Collaborate with people all over the world in joint ventures Compete with people on the other side of the world for jobs and markets
You’re not alone… 21 st Century Content Global awareness Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy Civic literacy Health and wellness awareness 21 st Century Learning and Thinking Skills Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Communication Skills Creativity and Innovation Skills Collaboration Skills Information and Media Literacy Skills Contextual Learning Skills 21 st Century Learning and Thinking Skills within 21 st Century Context The Partnership for 21 st Century Learning http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/
If you remember 1 thing… Motivations Obstacles Trends Interests Values Environment MOTIVE
Have Hope… That every child, when asked to describe their day at school, responds with…
Next Steps… 1.Support of alternative instructional experiences and assessments 2.Continue to demand academic rigor 3.Provide un-encumbered access to expertise 4.Support the acquisition of 21st Century tools and resources 5.Transformation of “teacher” to “instructional team” 6.Remove the current of inertia… Just imagine if innovation was “swimming downstream”
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