According to the article link above, USA Today (Societ for the Advancement of Education) in 2002 came out with a study that involved preparing students ands schools for a radically different future. There were ten trends that will help determine that role of education in the 21st century. Some of them where very fascinating.
The third point made was that social and intellectual capitol will become the primary economic value in society. The new basis for wealth will be knowledge and relationships. “You can’t use knowledge up. As you use it, it grows, creating a perpetual wealth machine” (2002). So how will this effect schools? First of all, educations need to stay in touch with developments in society to better help them understand the knowledge and skills students will need to prepare for the future. “Schools will be compelled to move away from the factory model…Educators and students are learning to collaborate, work in teams sift through exploding volumes of conflicting information, engage in critical and creative thinking, and use a vast array of technological tools“(2002). Students should be leaving school with high levels of curiosity that is persistent. This is life long learning in the works.
The fourth point is the final results from standardized testing. This may have stood out the most to me. Education is going to make as shift from the averages to the individuals. Students that do not do well on standardized tests will have parents demanding on their behalf for more attention in order to pass. It is coming down to passing. This article pointed out some interesting points that had to deal with effects of standardized tests:
1) Are the standards focused on preparing students for the future of the 1950’s?
2) Will the pressure to do well on the high-stakes tests eventually narrow the curriculum to just those things that are tested and show up on the front page of the newspaper?
3) Will children who have problems drop out because they can’t measure up, or will they get the help they need? (One way to raise test scores in to narrow the curriculum only to those things that are tested and push kids out who are having a tough time.)
4)Will teachers and administrators be driven from the field and aspiring educators discouraged from pursuing an education career because adequate resources are often not provided to help students reach the standards?
What if these were your students? Soon enough, they will be.