The uncertainty posed by a shifting economy has educators scrambling to establish a curriculum relevant to future job titles. A growing consensus amongst educators is that creativity and conceptual thinking abilities will be the most important skill-sets of the future. A new project called “Imagination: Creating the Future of Education and Work” reconciles the differences between traditional education and this new school of thought.
Imagination is required to envision the skills demanded by the future as the rate of transformation continues to increase. Creativity and flexibility will be required to put shared ideas into effective practice as rapidly as the current crisis demands. A truly collaborative approach to problem solving is a necessity, and a recognition of the importance not only of science and mathematics, but of creativity, art and music to amplify learning. Einstein credits some of his greatest breakthroughs in insight to his violin breaks, which connected different parts of his brain in new ways.
The ideas are presented in a way that doesn’t suggest a full overhaul of the system, but rather a gradual transition into a future where technology will be firmly entrenched. Lessons include some positive ways that teachers can implement social media and elements of gaming to entice learning amongst students.