Pandemic Revolution – A new future for education in the 21st Century?
COVID has not been easy, COVID has not been kind, COVID has brought about huge challenges to the way we work and live. Traditional systems and paradigms which have held on to their historic roots continue to be shaken to the core, and yet with challenge comes opportunity, innovation and much needed change.
For the education sector, a global pandemic may just be the catalyst for a much needed revolution which dives deep into the core of how we teach, what we teach and why we teach as we prepare students for their life in the 21st Century.
As I write, millions of educators from around the globe continue to grapple with fast-paced change that has fundamentally turned education on its head within the short span of less than a year. Much-needed changes that thought leaders such as Sir Ken Robinson have been passionately speaking about for over a decade have seemingly been thrust into the spotlight and are now viewed as the pathway to a new future of education.
Extended periods of school closure, unprecedented disruption, realities of remote and blended learning, a digital revolution amongst a cohort of a workforce made up largely of digital dinosaurs cynical of technology that came their way; the education sector is finally waking up to viewing success not solely as a measure of outdated systems of assessment, but rather as a holistic view on understanding the needs of students and the context in which they live.
Most recently, I came across a recent article from Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – Qatar Foundation’s global education think tank – on why education must make a ‘fundamental shift rather than simply surviving.” For those interested in the potential that the future of education holds and the role that EdTech will play, this article is a must read: 21st Century Learning More Than Just Resiliency (https://www.qf.org.qa/stories/21st-century-learning-more-than-just-resiliency)