2050 – What will the Education system look like?

John and myself were invited to the Education summit this year but sadly we had to turn the invitation down. That did not stop us though and after watching it being streamed I felt that it would be interesting to share the vision of what Education could look like in the not too distant future.

YouTube have captured Sir Michael Barber discussing his views on Education at the recent UKTI Education summit looking forward to 2050 and the 9 billion children who need to be educated and suggests how the education system may look not only in the UK but globally. We are often talking about global citizenship particularly as many of our children have seen many parts of the world, and in most cases have also been educated elsewhere in the world, so the more understanding that we have of their world, the easier it is to help them in ours.

Michael Barber discusses this by arguing that education is now discussed globally rather than at country level and every child must have Knowledge (Know what and Know how), have the ability to think (think slowly refelectively, creatively etc) to be citizens of the world. Some need to be good leaders L= leadership people who can influence decisions and shape decisons in school, family and workplace. Finally he says this is all wrapped up in E = ethical underpinning and we need a shared understanding of basic ethics of peoele living in great cities and getting on with people from different countries.


At 6.01 – he discusses his views on Global trends and reforms where he shares a list of nine characteristics of greater eduction systems, and says distinctly that Maths doesn’t change at national borders.  If we say they are good at Maths in London they should also be the same in Tokyo, Songapore and New York etc. Every child should be part of the agenda. We have said this for the past decade and used bilingualism as the bridge between the first and the second language so that the knowledge can be transfered quickly.  Equally this is why our first books that we created were the Maths and the primary resource book which takes everyday things that the new arrivals need to support both them and their teachers through those first few weeks.

Sir Michael Barbers Opportunities for learning innovation

At 7.36 he talks about the false dichotomies and suggests that we need all not just one or the other, and shows a list of these. He then discusses public via private and admits it is hard to innovate in government yet companies can so the relationship needs to be sorted out. We find it is not as easy as he says as schools often have a concern about companies, particularly after last weeks Panorama report, but I think he is right there must be a balance between the two.

11-07 he talks about the learning day and it will be at different times and different settings and possibly I think via different media. With that always comes assessment how do we know what they have learnt.  He suggests that with assessment we need to  think about the best cumputer games and the ways we simulate training airline pilots and this will give us an idea of the new types of models of assessment that could be available.

With all this food for thought EMASUK is hoping that the resources will support communication for all entrants into the country and also support our teachers with the tools necessary to make Every child a part of the new global Education system.

See the discussion at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ErTaP8rTA




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