Day 135 (of 188) The fallacy(?) of “we are preparing our students for the future” thanks to @myrondueck & @tvanbrum & @freshgrade
Are we? Really?
“Preparing our students for the future” has been a motherhood statement of many schools and districts – but is it really accurate?
At a time where so much of the world is becoming more and more personalized (for good or bad is up for debate) I am wondering more and more if we (as an education system) are even able to truly prepare our learners for the future when I’m not sure we are accurately connecting to our present.
I will happily say that many of us are trying. Having attended a sharing session in another district about the evolution of eportfolios (which my learning community has evolved to in lieu of the traditional report card) I am seeing many good steps (a lot of sharing on supporting personalized learning projects) that are pushing forward….
We heard a story about a secondary student who using minecraft and YouTube is generating enough funds in this ‘part time job’ to buy a car. And a house. And finance his parents house. But how often have we heard questions over the value of minecrafting and youtubing on our schools…..
I shared my own journey into eportfolios because of my dissatisfaction of communicating student learning via a tool that wasn’t developed to do that. Report cards are designed (and do a good job) of reporting achievement on tasks. I had my aha moment last summer and blogged about it here: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/sol-9-i-learned-i-dont-want-a-faster-horse/
“Old school methodologies” like Common/standardized (final) exams may have had their role when schools/communities/educators were isolated – my own father was principal in small town BC and only had true contact with other educators on the couple of workshop events he could get to each year; I am in contact with educators around the world (and down the highway) on a daily basis.
The world continues to change. Can schools really and authentically ‘prepare students for the future’ when there is reluctance to prepare students for the possibilities of today? I believe “yes” but even my eyes were opened thanks to our sharing session – need more of these thinking/sharing times where we can blend asynchronously sharing with face to face thinking.
I may have gone to this session as a presenter to share our journey but I was doing as much deep thinking as anyone else there!