The Future of Education?

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I’ve been thinking about writing(?) this blog for several months (ugh…I just realized I’m a procrastinator).

What Does the Near Future Hold?

My thought was to blog about how schools will be different in 10 years.

After numerous attempts, I’ve given up (evidently I’m also a quitter).

I really have no idea how schools are going to change.

But I’m positive they will (but what do I know…).

So as a loyal reader with time to burn (I love summer), what’s your opinion?

How will schools be different in 2020?

Will they be better or worse?

What role will technology, unions, government, teachers, parents, tenure, business, politicians, administrators, NCLB, and everything else play in our schools?

Or am I wrong?

Is it possible schools will look exactly the same?

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13 Responses to “The Future of Education?”


  1. Laura
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 10:01 am

    That’s a tough one. There will be some major changes, that’s for sure; the question is who will be in power to dictate what changes will be made. There are some things that I see coming.

    First, I see education becoming more and more individualized… though I’ve always been one to think that every kid should have an IEP. There will be increased specialization in education.

    Second, (hopefully) kindergarten will be manditory for all students; with an increase in pre-k.

    Third, much more technology; possibly a “Star Trek” type thing where everything is done through technology; conversely, I think there will also be much more experiential learning.

    More project/problem based learning.

    The thing I hope to see most is that families and students will place an increased value on education and all students will have increased motivation and dedication to learning.


  2. raul
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 11:38 am

    How much has changed over the past ten years?
    I imagine the same amount will change over the next ten.
    Which, in my opinion, is NOTHING.


  3. Teach_J (Robert Courtemanche)
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 12:11 pm

    I have to agree more with raul than with laura. I think we will still have standardized testing, which will continue to crowd out real project based learning. I do see more computers being used, but for things like individualized “kill and drill.” I think a sub $500 tablet/netbook will make it easy to have a computer at every desk. But this will make lessons more prescriptive for the teacher. Granted it will take away the odious tasks of grading, since all assignments will be on the computer.

    I also see budget cuts cutting deeper and deeper into the non-core subjects like fine arts, career, tech, electives, etc. Some communities will actually cut sports, but others would cut math and science before sports – of course I see a continued push towards a nationalized, standard, one-size fits all curriculum. This will make it easier for kids to move from state to state, but it will dumb down the entire curriculum.

    I’m sorry, but basically I just see current trends continuing for as far as the eye can see. Maybe even accelerating. This will happen unless business and parents get serious about pressuring the government for change.


  4. Olwyn Hughes
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 12:11 pm

    How much will education change?

    Well, I don’t know about systemic change that is really visible to all in 10 years. I think that the system moves much more slowly than that.

    But, I do see changes happening already at the grassroots level which will, hopefully, in the fullness of time bring about systemic change. I see teachers putting more emphasis on how learners learn not just on expecting them all to learn in one way – individualized learning is becoming more and more a buzz word in my education circles.

    I see more use of technology in the classroom – starting with smartboards and moving towards students using more computers for their work. Technology is already helping teachers to connect and learn from each other in a way that wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago. Online learning only opens up more and more possibilities for education.

    I definitely see change in my own little corner of the world. My new school is being built without traditional classrooms. Instead, we will have learning communities – a move away from teacher directed learning and towards student based learning.

    I am ever hopeful for change to continue slow and steady but am also aware that the pendulum swings every few years and we may just go back three steps in some areas before we move forward again.

    Olwyn


  5. Angie
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 2:05 pm

    There is a state (forget which one) which is going to start grouping students by ability level, not age. When the students master the concept, they are moved up, regardless of the “grade” they’re in. I really hope this is the way education is going.


  6. raul
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 3:51 pm

    Angie,
    It’s called tracking. Fifty years of research says it’s a loser.


  7. Dianne Murray
    on Jul 12th, 2010
    @ 4:01 pm

    If you had written what education will be like in 10 years, I’d have said you were a dreamer. No one knows if the politicians will ever listen to educational leaders, especially the revolutionary ones. Probably not while their chief occupation is campaigning for their next term.

    If we keep firing as many teachers as we did this year, you principals may be all alone in the buildings! Enjoy!

    Oops, sorry, I’m feeling a little pessimistic today. Been too busy to listen to those exciting leaders myself this week.

    So, get some rest, just in case!! And I’ll feel better soon, so I can work on my education blog again!


  8. Dave George
    on Jul 14th, 2010
    @ 6:11 am

    Well…I read this blog because it’s interesting, so I hate to sound like I’m trying to pitch the company I work for, but we feel like one change will be that more parents will opt for the school coming to the student–not the student going to the school. Technology is making this ever-easier.

    /End pitch.

    :)

    Dave


  9. Katie
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 12:39 pm

    Is it possible that American schools will look like American companies in the future? I’ve been thinking a lot about the role that outsourcing has played in shaping businesses over the last two decades. Just call customer service and you are likely to get someone in India. Schools already outsource to a certain degree. Many employ food service companies, playground management firms and in some cases even automated or outsourced paper grading. It only seems natural for outsourcing to continue to soak deeper into the fabric the American school system.
    Perhaps in 2020, every component of schools will be outsourced to extreme specialists. A lesson on Shakespeare will be developed by a leading scholar, modified by a general pedagogy specialist, and delivered not by a teacher, but an implementation expert. The implementation expert may know nothing about Shakespeare; but would be extremely talented at conveying information, following lesson plans and motivating a specific age group. In the end, everyone would probably get paid less, but would be doing a lot less work. It may not be appealing to those amazing can-do-it-all teachers out there. But, it might be a good solution for schools struggling to get experts in specific content areas.


  10. Tim
    on Jul 15th, 2010
    @ 7:38 pm

    IPhone 7 will change everything…


  11. Lindsay
    on Jul 16th, 2010
    @ 1:13 pm

    Do you want what I hope education will be like, or what it will most likely be?

    My hope is for politicians and our communities will see the importance of education and begin funding and supporting it the way it should be. If we want our country to compete in the global marketplace, we must first address our education system. It is our future!

    Technology will play a significant role in our education system in the next 10 years. We will see more applications for educational purposes on cell phones and the internet. If schools do not support the technology super highway we are seeing, the students will be at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the industrialized nations.


  12. edspecial
    on Jul 22nd, 2010
    @ 8:42 am

    The biggest change I see coming has to do with special education teachers becoming highly qualified in content areas. Inclusion is the future, but that will no longer mean regular ed and spec ed teachers “co” (snicker) teaching classes, rather, it will mean all teachers being dual certified. It will mean teachers being Teachers of English, Math, History etc. first, with special preparation in teaching students with disabilities. It will mean that administrators who oversee schools using the inclusion model will need to be dual certified themselves. Today, many states require special educators to also be highly qualified in a content area, yet many positions I see advertised for spec ed are part time. This is because administrators still prefer to separate the disciplines. They are afraid (or bullied) by regular education teachers who fear losing their status as content area specialists. This will change as dual certification becomes the norm.


  13. HG
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 5:19 pm

    Nothing is more refreshing then browsing through PrincipalsPage blog after a lengthy day. You keep many users motivated and wound up. Don’t ever quit as your blogs are always much awaited.

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