TEDxEPS Talk Prep
To prove the point I’d like to make during my TEDxEPS talk, I’d like to throw my initial ideas to you all, like chum to a tank of sharks.
Here’s the prompt from the lovely people at Eastside Prep:
What could education look like in the next 5-20 years? What paths must we follow to develop engaged citizens in a digitized age?
- What assumptions about our current education systems no longer hold based on new capabilities, new insights and new developments in the fields of brain and behavioral research?
- What essential attributes must remain in future incarnations of our education system to be successful?
I have a natural aversion to futurism, so my talk is going to center on pragmatism. I want teachers, parents, administrators, and students that listen to my talk to know what a young teacher views as his ideal future school.
Here’s my start, can I get some help?
These Shall Not Pass:
- Seat time as a measurement of “education.” Good God, eff seat time.
- Standardized testing as a measurement of the education system’s success.
- The entirely scheduled school day.
- Ignoring the new digital oral tradition that is the news feed.
- Being boring. (i.e. not telling stories)
What Must Be Retained:
- Invested, expert, and interesting teachers.
- Formative assessment
- The concept of Liberal Arts
In keep with the TED Commandments, I must be sure not to “trot out” my usual “schtick.” So, help me add to this. What do we — as a community of invested, expert, and interesting teachers — want to see in the next 5 years? What shall not pass, and what should we be sure to preserve?