Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow. Preparing Students for the Careers of the Future. Rod Duckworth, Chancellor Division of Career and Adult Education Florida Department of Education. Points to consider.
As you think about the closing of one school year and begin the transformation into another, file away just one number: 65 percent…..
…..according to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions,
…..fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet.
Think back 50 years…. could educators then have predicted how the Internet, which emerged globally in 1994, or the mobile phone, which appeared a few years later, would change the world?
These technologies have not just become tools of learning, but networking and knowledge sharing, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship….
Think a moment about this generation…
Remember the Star Trek Communicator…..
…and now today we have the Smart Phone
We live in a fast-changing world, and producing more of the same knowledge and skills will not suffice to address the challenges of the future…A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students a lifetime.
Today, because of rapid economic and social change, schools have to prepare students for jobs that have yet to be created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don't yet know will arise.
One of the job categories in great demand today is that of Webmaster -- a person who designs, creates, and maintains sites on the World Wide Web….
…….this job did not exist 12 years ago!
This means that the people who are working in this field acquired their skills largely on their own.
those who cannot read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”
Technological fluency is more than technological literacy; it requires that an individual be as comfortable using technology as they are reading the newspaper…
… The lack of technologically fluent workers is already a problem.
seamlessly into the curriculum instead of
viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event.”
21st century literacy is about reading to learn and developing the capacity and motivation to identify, understand, interpret, create and communicate knowledge.
The Thornburg Center conducted a study of the 54 jobs identified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as having the highest numerical growth between now and the year 2005. Of the 54 jobs, 46 required technological fluency, and none of the remaining eight paid more than double minimum wage (Thornburg, 1997).
The “knowledge world” is no longer divided between specialists and generalists...
“Versatilistsare able to apply a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, equally at ease with technical issues as with business strategy.”
Focusing on STEM competencies and not on a specific STEM Career.
Constantly adapting, learning and growing in a fast-changing world.
"Classrooms of today resemble their ancestors
of 50 and 100 years ago much more closely
than do today's hospital operating rooms,
business offices, manufacturing plants, or
Fulton (1989, pg. 12)
Changes of this magnitude require a complete rethinking of education….
….both in terms of the curriculum, and in the development of pedagogies that…
….ensure that every student acquires the high level of skills needed to thrive in the dynamic world of the 21st century.
In addition to the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, every learner must also master the "three C's" …Communication, Collaboration, and Creative Problem Solving.
Beyond these are the equally important skills of knowing how to use numbers and data in real-world tasks, the ability to locate and process information relevant to the task at hand, technological fluency, and, most of all, the skills and attitudes needed to be a lifelong learner.
Improve high school graduation rate
Increasestudent academic achievement
Increase postsecondary participation and success
(Southern Regional Education Board, Quality Career/Technical Programs Prepare Students to Succeed in a New, More Challenging Economy, October 2008)
It’s not your parent’s wood shop or home economics class!
86 Secondary and Postsecondary programs classified as
STEM using DOE’s definition of STEM (based on STEM
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we
rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened’
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”
Rod Duckworth, Chancellor
Division of Career and Adult Education