The future of education: a wicked problem. It’s becoming commonplace to talk about the state of education and the future of work. What is the purpose of education in the 21st century? Is our current system fit-for-purpose? What should we be teaching to prepare the citizens of the future when the future is changing more quickly than ever before?
It’s one of those wicked problems—a huge, complex issue with so many angles and interdependencies that it looks impossible to solve.
Where do we start? How do we redesign education? Let’s start small, with just one thing. Why? Often by changing one thing, everything changes.
As designers, strategists and communicators, it’s not our place—or our ambition—to redesign education. But we started wondering:
Change One Thing was borne out of this.
What does the future hold for Change One Thing? Right now, we don’t know. We’ve just started. And that’s the exciting part. In the spirit of starting-by-starting, we’ve designed, prototyped and launched an idea. We’re currently building the runway while we’re taking off, and we’ll be testing and refining along the way.
What comes after next? Perhaps we’ll take this on the road and organise a conference? Maybe we’ll host a series of workshops using design thinking to facilitate change?
If you’ve got any ideas or want to be a part of whatever this is – we encourage you to connect.
Would you rather your child succeed in school or flourish in life? Education futurist Louka Parry believes it is time to shift our mindset on how success is defined within schools.
Covid-19 is forcing us to rethink standardised testing in schools. Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of LearnLife, Stephen Harris believes there is an alternative approach that allows students to be far more authentically involved in their education.
Will we see a breakthrough in learning if parents and educators stop placing limitations on students’ learning capabilities? Learning expert Chantelle Love believes that a successful education starts with fostering a strong sense of self-belief.
What will it take to change the course of education? Peter’s answer? Well, let’s just say he’s not going to be satisfied by simply changing one thing.
Louka Parry Education Futurist