Have you ever wondered why we need to educate our children? Is it about acquiring new skills, new information, new ways of doing things, changes in lifestyle, modifying behaviour, new beliefs, new ways of thinking, creativity, better communication, improved numeracy or reading…
The aim is to empower, to nurture, to build character and to future-proof our students. Why then, are they still sitting in rows, using textbooks, being subjected to the chalk and talk teaching approach with minimal student involvement? Research contends that 2% of people think, 3% of people think they think and 95% of people would rather die than think. This is a frightening fact…we need to act NOW!
We need to bring the fun back into learning. Play helps teams work together effectively and creates meaningful learning engagement. A student experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution needs different learning spaces and designs that allow them to work comfortably and to be able to adapt to any form of learning engagement.
Our students are facing an exponential growth in artificial intelligence which implies that their thinking, creativity, reasoning should be fast-tracked to meet the demands of technology. Robotics and 3D printers are gradually replacing human labour: this is a threat to future careers and jobs. Again, our approach to teaching and learning should augment innovation, problem-solving and designing projects. The aim is not only to acquire new information or knowledge but to know how to use it to solve problems or challenge the status quo.
The current political turmoil in our country cannot be ignored, it calls for abrupt intervention in the economic, social and political systems. This intervention is not possible if we have students who cannot adapt to this volatile status quo and pervading uncertainty. Students who are given an opportunity to question, self-explore, self-discover and enquire can effortlessly adjust to these fluctuations because they are solutions driven. Curiosity helps them to explore unfamiliar territory and lays the foundation for greater opportunities.
This quote from Albert Einstein Seneca confirms our approach with our future students: ”The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day”.
We need to future-proof our students now!