CORE Education Breakfast 2016: Derek Wenmoth

Being Educated in 2050? 

Early start in Tāmaki Makaurau

Looking back to understand OUR future

As Derek looked back at the 1950s; traditional curriculum, and an industrial model of education, we were then able to consider what it will mean to be educated, 34 years from now.

CORE Education's Jo Wilson welcoming Derek Wenmoth 
Derek Wenmoth - CORE Breakfast 2016

Backdrop - 2050?

We start wondering about: How we will live? How we'll play? Interact? Our Travel? Move over Uber - 2 -3 years - no driver! Driverless trucks - not bound by 12 hour rule - likewise Google cars, coming to an office near you - automation, The Economist. 14 companies - 25 billionaires eg: Dropbox, Uber, Pinterest. Did you know there are 1,810 billionaires in the world (Forbes, March 2016)
18/25 are under 30 - a culture of: spawning of an idea, social networks, crowd sourcing - fix fast, fail fast.

The future?

New skill sets - NZC addresses these, but are they embedded into our schools enough to ensure that we are preparing our learners for their future?

Alfie Kohn examines the purpose of education rather than defining what it means to be educated. In Leaving to Learn - Ten Expectations - are we asking the learners?

Two faces of Education 

On one side, there is an academic focus. The other, the necessary soft skills of empathy etc. 
One way of addressing this is the global project: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). Michael Fullan will feature at this year's ULearn16.

So what?

1. Knowledge Creation - a process not product, collaboration, acquiring knowledge as a series of truths is obsolete
2. Working with abstractions - eg: How might we use infographics to work collectively - what is the science behind it? 
3. Systems thinking - complex, more variables, intuition - hunches 
4. Cognitve Persistence  eg - digital distraction. Following extended lines of thought, creative effort. It's not just black and white. Check out 
5. Collective Cognitive responsibility - beyond collaboration, giving ownership to students

And finally, a Call to action.

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see" Neil Postman