A series of dialogues exploring the 'elephant in the classroom'
- initial blog post by Diahann Hughes Hawkins
“It is time to completely rethink education”. Around the world many people are quietly mumbling the same words, as more parents and educators realise that the modern education system blindly followed by most countries throughout the world is an unsustainable system. Like the global plastic problem, this is another creeping issue that in the near future could risk a great strain not only on our economies, but the stability of our societies, as millions of children leave school without a basic education. I call these worst off children our schools the “gap children”, who because of special education needs, bullying, off-rolling, poor quality schools, family dysfunction/disruption, lack of confidence in themselves, mental health issues, illiteracy, economic disadvantage and the list goes on & on…cannot secure a place in higher education or even vocational training. Their outlook is zero hour contract, living wage jobs at best in a future where job markets will shrink across a wide range of professions due to on-going technology disruption. These children may not have a chance to be employed or find the confidence to re-employ themselves through their own businesses or retrain, especially if they never left school with those tools that require it need in the first place. Read more....
Our children need life skills to thrive in the 21st century world they will be entering. Learning should be designed to help them develop these tools:
Creativity Problem-solving Confidence Communication Resilience
Collaboration Self-motivation Adaptability Innovation Focus