The current scenario at the workplace is at the brink of technological changes with breakthroughs like Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Robotics, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, 3D Printing etc. Is the education system preparing our children for such changes?
As parents, we all want to get the best possible education for our kids. The purpose of sending our kids to school is to prepare them to succeed in life. There is an innate belief in us that through excellent education and outstanding exam results our children will get good jobs that will help them take care of themselves and their families in the Future.
However, in this cat race of getting our kids enrolled in the top schools of the city or country we tend to forget the most important aspect that whether we or the school is preparing him/her to be productive, successful and responsible citizen of the nation in the Future?
There is an ardent need for the schools today to adapt and change. Across the world, the progressive schools have started revamping the traditional education pattern through reforming and connecting the learners with real-time experiences that will help them meet with employment and work challenges of the Future.
The estimates indicated in the World Economic Forum states that around 65% of the children who entered into the elementary school education in 2016 will be ending up working on the jobs that do not yet exist.
Looking upon the current education system, it lacks opportunities for a collaborative and challenging environment. This will lead to health issues, lack of skills, behavioural and social issues among the children.
Owing to the recent technological changes in the field of IT, E-Commerce, Banking, FMCG, Healthcare services the demand of skilled workforce will be increased. It is highly recommended that the schools should ensure towards building such skills in the children.
In the next 15 years, the children are going to face stiff competition at the global level and the education system should be preparing them for the same.
The curriculum should be such that it recognizes the talents within a child and help them pursue their passion through student-directed immersive learning. They should be taught with the PBL methodology (Problem Based Learning) that will enhance their analytical skills with creative ideas to solve a real-life problem.
In his book “What’s Worth Learning” Marion Brady talks about how hard it would be to bring the young children daily amongst the company of the reasonably adults, providing them with learning space with equipments without generating any kind of experiences that are educationally defensible.
As a parent whenever you decide for a school for your child, the first and foremost thing you need to question yourself is “Whether my child will have fun while learning? Will my child be able to foster skills that are necessary for the Future Jobs or to start their entrepreneurial journey? How flexible are the learning spaces and most importantly will the education curriculum at school prepare him/her for the Future?